beginning yarn spinning

The Crafty Misfits and Tour De Fleece 2019


It's official! CHY is having a wildcard team on Ravelry for Tour De Fleece 2019!!

True story: I don't hang out on Ravelry too often, so I thought this would be a fun experiment. We will be posting and chatting in our handspun yarn love group on Facebook, but the official rules say we have to have a thread on Ravelry, so we're going to do our best to do most of the chat there.

Here's what you need to know now:

The "race" is July 6th-28th

You can spin along with the Crafty Misfits (our team name) with either wheel or drop spindle, this will be a laid back fun group for learning. 

Step 1. Sign up or go to your Ravelry page and join our group there.…/hand-spun-yarn-love-with-crafty-h… ( it looks kind of crappy and neglected now but we're working on it ha ha)

step 2. Go to the official discussion in our group for this event…/hand-spun-yarn-love…/3928630/1-25… and post something like an introduction and what you're spinning on or looking forward to, wheel, drop spindle etc.

We have team goals, but you’re free to set your own goals for the event and let us know what they are! We’re looking forward to seeing what everyone accomplishes during the race!

We are coming out with some fun fiber bundles for the race so we can all have matching supplies to play with, but it's not at all required. You can use whatever you want. 

If you have any questions about the fiber bundles and what they contain, feel free to email your questions to

In other (but related) news, Spinolution is giving away a Pollywog spinning wheel to a lucky participant of the Tour De Fleece! Please stay tuned for more information. is the link where you sign up for the drawing. You can be on any team but of course if you want to hang out on ours you’ll also get a chance to win fun prizes from CHY!


You Don’t have to do the group challenges but I want this to be fun and where we can all learn and teach our tricks to each other because that’s kind of what we’re all about. I will be making videos for each of the special techniques each week so feel free to join in.

Fear not if you are new to spinning or just drop spindle, this is a very drop spindle friendly group and we will have special prizes for yardage on drop spindle and best yarn from a new drop spindle spinner ( 1 year or under)

Tell your friends and spread the word!

Here’s some info

Here are the prize categories ( Thanks Brianna)

1) set and meet goal 
2) complete weekly challenges
3) most yardage weight with a wheel 
4) most yardage weight with a spindle 
5) most magical Misfit award. wink 
6) best collection of yarns or most improvement from a new drop spinner 1 year or less

Also here is the link to enter the spinolution giveaway

Our # for here insta, fb etc for fun is


left handed yarn spinning , questions answered

As promised I went in search for answers to your questions about left handed spinning.  Some of you had questions about getting started spinning yarn as a left handed person.

 I did a bit of digging and asking in the fiber world to see if there were different types of spinning wheels or drop spindles that were preferred amongst left handed people and it turns out that there's really not.  

The main difference with learning to spin if your left handed is that you will be doing things backwards from what you may be seeing in how to videos or classes if the teacher is right handed.  Just like writing or cooking your dominant hand will come into play.  If you are left handed you will be drafting ( pulling the fiber slowly apart) with your left hand instead of your right.  This will only affect which hand you are using for your lead drafting and pinching hand nothing else. 

left handed spinning questions answered

While I was looking I checked out youtube to see if there was a good video to link for demo purposes and I wasn't really happy with what came up so I made one.  For unknown reasons there was a problem uploading mine so it's now in two parts so please excuse the choppy ending on video one and then continue watching on video 2.  

Please let me know what you think and if this helps to answer your questions.  For those of you who are not in my handspun yarn love group it is where these questions and discussions originally came from.  This is a private fiber group you can find off of my business page, or just searching groups on Facebook.  We would love to have you join in on the conversation.