Moulin Yarns is a hobby that grew out of a request from my wife, Linda, so it’s really not my fault! She wanted me to find a hobby which I could do in the evenings while watching the television. Linda knits, so one day when she was busy buying some knitting supplies and I was hanging about waiting (come on, you know what I mean!) I saw a notice for a class in weaving on a Rigid Heddle Loom. I thought it sounded interesting so booked myself on the course, enjoyed it and got myself my own loom and started weaving scarves. So far so good, weaving is something I can do in the evenings while watching television -Result!
A while later, at one of the big knitting shows at Harrogate, there was a man demonstrating a spinning tool called the Bogway Spinner. Imagine an old fashioned football rattle, that he was spinning wool with. I bought one and started spinning… badly! After a bit of practice I was able to produce small amounts of yarn, then Linda bought me a drop spindle and I improved enough to be able to spin consistent yarn, but still only in small quantities. That prompted me to think about a spinning wheel. Well, being the kind of guy that checks things before buying I did my research and decided on the wheel I wanted, but what if I wasn’t any good at spinning using a wheel, I had never tried. So, in February 2016 I went to Wingham Wool Works in Wentwort, South Yorkshire for a 2 day ‘learn to spin’ course and, yes, I came home with my wheel!! A Kromski Fantasia spinning wheel, and the rest, as they say, is history. Moulin Yarns was born. Now I can spin a 100g skein of plied wool over the course of a week in the evenings while watching television.
The third string to my bow is dyeing. I began experimenting with dyeing yarn in 2012 and started to dye small batches of yarn in my kitchen. The enjoyment of seeing the resulting effects spurred me on and I was soon producing different styles of coloured yarn, semi-solid colours, dip dyed and speckled yarns are the main styles of yarn I produce. Linda need never go elsewhere for yarn ever again and now my yarn range is available to you too!
Recently I aquired some fleeces from some local farms and have had the wool into a lovely natural grey coloured yarn which I have named ‘Purely Perthshire’.