Do you knit or crochet? Perhaps you learned from your mother or grandmother when you were a child. Maybe you are recently self taught. However you have developed in your hobby, you are now looking to expand. Expand your range of fiber knowledge, or expand your crafting experience by taking up spinning to introduce one of a kind hand spun yarns into your one of a kind hand crafted items and gifts.
If this is the case, I have put together this collection of guides to aid in your quest for expansion. Current guides include reference materials for the different fibers that make up our yarns, and the spinning of these fibers, by both spindle and wheel.
There are many books and guides to spinning out there. Not all of them are for everyone. Some people are looking to start spinning on a hand spindle to see if this hobby is for them. Some are looking to to refine their techniques on a spinning wheel. All of the books I will present to you have been in my hands. Different books will offer different techniques as every spinner is different, particularly with their reasons for spinning and what yarns they would like to have at the end. My own handspun has greatly improved over the course of this project.
When we learned to knit or crochet, most of us learned by using acrylic yarn, probably purchased from a large craft store. Those who learned from someone with a refined taste in yarn may have learned using wool yarn. Whatever you may have learned with, you have discovered that there are different types of yarn fibers out there. I hope that this guide will help you identify what other fibers there are, their differnet properties, and help you more appropriately match yarns to projects.