I've done a bit of needlefelting over the past couple of years, mostly round beads to incorporate into jewellery, and so I've accumulated a stash of small balls of brightly coloured roving (combed sheep's wool).
Just before Christmas I purchased a drop spindle to try spinning some of this roving into yarn. My family and I went on a fabulous trip to Peru over the holidays and the Andean women are expert spinners and weavers. I was hooked! I bought a whole lot of alpaca fleece to comb and spin into yarn.
I also purchased some natural Corriedale roving from an Etsy friend, Uli of KnittersNook, and spun my first roving into a chunky yarn single. Using the Andean method I plied it back onto the spindle..woohoo!!
I bought some acid dyes from Dharma Trading Company and dyed my natural yarn to a rich brick red.
Finally, I knit a simple hat using a free pattern from Ravelry, crocheted a scalloped edge around the brim, made a chainstitch flower and a matching handmade lampwork glass button, and voila! ....my first, handspun, handyed project was complete.