I became infatuated with yarns and wool when I started weaving. Thanks to the good old 'school of youtube', I learned to make my own loom, and how to weave. The more I delved into the fibre world, the more I fell in love with different types and textures and the endless possibilities of creating with them.
Around the same time I began to teach myself how to crochet. It has always appealed to me more than knitting. Perhaps my mother and her life long crochet hobby influenced my thinking.
The more I worked with yarn, the more interested I got in how 'yarn' was made.
With more youtube'ing, I learned all I could about all kinds of fibre, raw wool and different sheep breeds (romney, shetland, corriedale, BFL), exotic fibres (alpaca, camel, angora, yak), and natural fibres (hemp, flax, cotton, bamboo).
Not to mention all the tools required to make your own yarn: spinning wheel, hand cards, carder, niddy noddy, ball winders, carding cloth (and it's different tpi's).
Then came the excitement of purchasing my first spinning wheel. I started off with the Hansen Crafts e-spinner; some roving and fibres from Romni Wools, in Toronto, and off I went.
The journey continues....