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05-31-2007, 03:45 PM
Are there any suggestions for a newbie spinner? I'm thinking a drop spindle because I have NO room for wheel.

TIA :)

05-31-2007, 06:31 PM
hi snephenie! :heart:
i just started spinning too! i use a cd spindle i bought from shandeh ( on the buy/swap forum). it spins great, and easy to use for a beginner! i would suggest watching lots of spinning videos and if possible see it in person! jhenalee showed me how to do it when we met up to pass along the oddball blanket#1. i don't think i would have figured it out with out her help! one of the things i didn't 'get' was how the new yarn gets wrapped around the spindle...:?? i thought it did it all by itself.. nope, you need to stop every once in awhile and wrap the spun wool onto your spindle :shifty: i love how portable a spindle is, i took mine and spun in our hotel room this past weekend! it was great!

05-31-2007, 08:24 PM
Drop spindles rock! I have a wheel, too, but I still use my drop spindle almost as much.

06-04-2007, 12:00 PM
Hey Steph!

Search for a spinning meetup or guild in your area. Try to attend a meeting or meet up with one or more. Most are great about letting people try the equipment and showing new people how to spin. I suggest doing this before buying, just so you don't get a brick. Different spindles spin differently. Some spin like bricks and really turn people off from spinning while some spin like a dream. My current spindle of choice is an ashford spindle. It has a nice weight to it and a fast balanced spin. I've heard good things about the CD spindles, but I havne't tried one.

Good Luck!

06-05-2007, 08:02 PM
I've called around and I dont think we have any spinnging groups or guilds :(

anyone in So Cal want to teach me :)

06-06-2007, 09:28 AM
Here is a website for a group in LA. I'm not sure how fare they are from you. They also might know of some group closer or maybe even one of there members might live closer.

Moor Park Meet up group maybe one or more of them spin as well as knit. Thats how I got back interested in Spinning. One of our Knitters brought in her wheel and I cought the bug again.

Or the San Fernando Valley Meet up group.

Los Angelas Meetup

I would try some of these. If there isn't a published spinning group in your area, the chances are good that you can locate at least one in a knitting group or through your local LYS.

Good Luck!

06-07-2007, 02:42 PM
Is there a particular kind of roving that is best to use when first starting out?

06-08-2007, 09:08 AM
Merino Top is pretty easy to spin. Just starting out you can pre draft it so you can concentrate on getting a smooth spin and how the wheel works. Once you get that down you can graduate to drafting the Top while spinning. I'm still new at this though so there might be an even better option out there.

Silk Merino Top spins like a dream, but itís expensive. I also enjoy Alpaca Top as well.

Have you decided on a wheel yet?

Good Luck!

06-08-2007, 11:44 AM
I'm not getting a wheel just yet....I'm going to try a drop spindle. I am sending Shandeh payment today :) and I've been searching the web for some pretty rovings....

I also called my LYS BACK and spoke to the owner to ask her if she had roving, she only has small amount for needle felting BUT said that there is a spinning group that meets there the 2nd & 4th Thursday of the month.

And that someone will start teaching a class in the fall and she will start carrying roving :)

06-08-2007, 01:06 PM
I started with Romney wool roving. It's not something that you would knit up to be close to skin but it did help me learn how to spin. It was cheap and I bought it by the pound so I could make mistakes and learn.

As for fiber sources, I have loved ordering from http://www.paradisefibers.net/
I also got a subscription to the Spin Off magazine and it's been a great resource for finding online shops that sell anything related to spinning. I have saved every issue and frequently go back looking for a specific article or an ad.

06-08-2007, 05:20 PM
:cheering::cheering:Thats great Steph haveing spinners in the area will help a lot! Spinning with others is sooooo much fun as well. Drop spindeling is a lot of fun, but it can be really frustrating at first. Just hang in there and know it will get better.

By the way Don't toss your first spun yarns. A good project to use it in is a rug. Big chunky and colorfull. They look great all knit up with crazy yarns.

06-08-2007, 06:12 PM
My first spun yarn will always be special to me. I remember the way I felt when I realized I was actually making yarn. I think I talked about it to every single person I met. :teehee:

I dyed my first yarn with green Kool-Aid, and knitted a little change purse with it.

06-08-2007, 10:25 PM
I highly recommend reading this before you start! It's so good -- a lot of info I wish I'd had when I was a beginner. :)