I spin yarn. I say that like I know what I’m doing. I can get a pretty good stable and uniform size on my spun fiber, but some of the other nuances are lost on me. I’m eventually going to take a class – that would be a good idea for Craftsy – (http://www.craftsy.com if you haven’t heard of them) because the classes are 2 or 3 hours south and east of here. Anyway – I want to spin my own yarn and make a sweater from it. But I have no idea how much fiber equals how much yarn. The only clues I got were to swatch it in a 4″ square, rip it out, measure it and then see how many 4″ squares you need for your sweater and spin that much and then add 10%. Maybe I’ll just buy the yarn.
After I started spinning and got my first spinning wheel I figured out that you need way more than that. This is an expensive little hobby. A lazy kate, a niddy noddy, extra bobbins, extra fly-wheel for different sizes of yarn, a yarn yardage counter not to mention a swift and a yarn winder – and then of course fiber. Which is expensive! At least what I want is very expensive. Take sea cell – it’s $65 a pound. Then silk is around $5 an ounce x 16 = what $90 a pound? And then soy silk or merino or some other soft wool —– and dyes to dye the fiber or yarn and then …….
I only work part-time part of the year. I work for a famous (and awesome) outdoor outfitter here in Maine for the peak season. Last year I started in July – I hope they call us back earlier this year. And I hope everybody buys chinos, boots and slippers and polos. A lot of them ……….
Then I can buy all the stuff I need for my spinning – and maybe even a drum carder! That’s only around $700 for the manual one.