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12-14-2011, 08:55 AM
I have never tryed spinning. It looks very interesting to me. How long does it take for ME to make good yarn from wool for pair of socks? I know, that it is pretty relative, but approximately.
Thanks a lot.
12-14-2011, 09:36 AM
I love my spinning wheels and try to get some done every once in a while. I usually wait till the weather is cold or raining and then I stay in the house and get some done. I started out with the drop spindle then advanced to the wheel. Good luck
12-14-2011, 08:13 PM
I'd love to just have an antique wheel in a corner to admire. I think they're lovely. Actually found one at a local antique dealer, but they wanted $1200 and hubby isn't as fond of them as I am :shock:
12-14-2011, 08:30 PM
You can find some to just look at pretty cheap on Ebay. Some do have missing parts and do check the shipping.
12-15-2011, 03:12 AM
$1200 for a wheel is outrageous unless it is a very, very limited edition wheel ... like a Golding ... which isn't antique.
I can pick up antique wheels for $100-$200, and only will if they are unusual.
If you want one to sit in the corner and admire, you can usually pick up a non-working wheel for well under $100.
As for the OP. I started with a drop spindle and eventually got my first spinning wheel.
How long it would take you on either apparatus depends on how much time you dedicate to the art.
For making a sock yarn, you'll need to spin very thin, then ply it.
The 'weight' of the yarn that you spin is all in how evenly and thinly you can draft your fibers.
The even-ness depends on how well your prepare your fiber for spinning.
I've found sock weight yarns easier (at first) to spin on a drop spindle. As I progressed in keeping my treadling & drafting even, I now make sock yarn more quickly on my wheel.
If you have a lot of time to dedicate to spinning in one place, the wheel is the way to go. If you are on the go a lot and perhaps get stuck in traffic, at red lights, waiting in lines, watching your children's whatever practice, the you can get more yarn completed on a drop spindle since it is so portable.
I'd suggest starting with a drop spindle. Check out Abby Franquemont's Drop Spindling Basic videos and even her book 'Respect the Spindle' published by Interweave Press.
12-15-2011, 08:20 AM
Thanks a lot.
I think i will start with drop spindle.
I have other question, maybe a little insane. I know, that wool is very soft, breathing material that will perfectly lead my sudor away. Is it possible to make yarn thin enough to make socks useful for summer?
I usually have insane ideas so please dont kill me with your posts. :wink:
12-16-2011, 10:53 AM
Absolutely, you can spin thin enough and create a 1 or 2 ply yarn for making socks. I recommend spinning a superwash wool if you want to wash in a machine and carding/combing about 10-25% silk, nylon or tencel into your wool to get a longer wearing yarn.
It does take practice though! Thinner yarns need more twist.