I have recently been trying to learn how to spin roving into yarn. It is definitely quite a tricky task in my opinion. We stopped at The Village Spinning and Weaving Shop while taking a pit stop in Solvang, CA and picked up the spindle and roving in the above picture. The lovely woman who taught me how to use the spindle encouraged me that my first attempts which resulted in lumpy, bumpy yarn is just like the expensive “art yarn,” but I am hoping to one day be able to spin smoothly. I suppose it doesn’t look too bad and she may be right, but you can decide for yourself. This was my first ball of yarn that I ever spun and plied:
If you are ever in Solvang and like yarn, I would definitely recommend going to this shop. I had originally encountered them when I went to STITCHES WEST at the beginning of this year. They have a wonderful array of yarn that they spin and sell by the pound.
Another popular way of hand-spinning yarn is to make a spindle out of old CDs. Although I have never tried this for myself, it looks like it could be fun. Spindle and Wheel has a pretty good tutorial on how to do this here.
For me, the easiest way to learn how to spin are through videos and YouTube has a generous amount of pretty good ones. One of the better ones I found was by a girl named Megan who actually has a fun website entitled “The Art of Megan.” Definitely stop by in her craft room. She has a few different videos out there, but the starting basics that you need to know are first how to spin the yarn and then how to ply the yarn. Megan uses a “park and twist” method, which I think is good for learning, but there are other methods that you can try and see what you like. After you spin and ply the yarn, she also has a video on how to finish the yarn and wrap a skein.
Spinning yarn by hand takes a lot of patience, but it can be quite soothing and relaxing. Give it a try!