I have a bunch of things on the bobbins and on my needles, but I can’t show you any of it yet. So let’s talk about one of my favorite topics, learning new stuff.
As you may have surmised I am a big starter, not so good at finishing. Once I figure out the gist of what I want out of a project I’m more or less done. Sure, I limp to the finish line with a project, though not as many as I’d like, but I don’t get a rush out of finishing things.
Part of what I love the most about a new project is that learning phase, something entirely new or just a twist on something I already know. I read a lot of books and take as many classes as I can. My favorite way to learn lately is online. How can you beat taking a class during a 2 am bout of insomnia in your jammies? Or while the rest of the family is watching football on Thanksgiving?
Interweave has the most spinning classes. All are on DVD and most can be downloaded to your computer instantly. The costs range from $14.95 to $31.95 and they have a crazy amount of famous spinning teachers. Bonus, they have already started their Black Friday sale. Here are three that I’ve watched and really liked:
Building Blocks of Spinning with Sarah Anderson is a great overview video, it’s like spinning along with her book, A Spinner’s Book of Yarn.
How to Card Wool: Four Spinners Four Techniques is a short video but lets you watch and learn carding from Carol Rhoades, Maggie Casey, Norman Kennedy and Rita Buchanan.
Handspinning Rare Wools with Deb Robson (who else?) is a jaunt through 38 different breeds of sheep. A little history, a little prep, a little spinning, I could listen to Deb talk about sheep breeds all day.
Craftsy has heard spinners and added a few classes and hopefully will be adding more! Their videos are the highest quality and they are fantastic to work for. Jacey explains it wonderfully in a post on the PLY Blog. They are really fair to their talent money-wise and treat you like a superstar when you’re filming. I hope I get to make more videos with them! Before I was a teacher for them I watched their classes a lot and I still do. They make it easy to learn. Excellent production quality and the ability to ask questions are just two reasons why I keep watching and learning from them.
Foundations of Spinning with Amy King is the place to start if you are new or just need a reminder of the whole process of spinning on a wheel, from fiber to finished yarn.
Drafting from Woolen to Worsted with Jacey Boggs-Faulkner is the nest step for some in depth drafting techniques.
Ply to Knit with Jillian Moreno (that’s me!) walks you through plying techniques and what each type of ply mean to your future knitting.
Spinning Dyed Fiber with Felicia Lo lays out tips for spinning with color including variegated tops. This was the second Craftsy class I bought and I still refer to it.
YouTube is my go to spot when I need a quick reminder about a technique or want to learn something very specific. There are a ton of spinning videos, I searched ‘spinning fiber’ and got back 35,000 hits. Some videos are better than others, it’s to each spinner to decide who and what works for them. When I’m working on my art yarn, I really like Jazzturtle’s videos, quick and straight forward.
If you are in the US I hope you have a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving with extra spinning time!