View Full Version : Can I Start Spinning With a Hand Held Spinner?

03-06-2007, 11:25 PM
I don't spin, but I'm thinking about getting into it. My yarn store sells the manual (hand held) ones. I don't know what they're called.

Is that an OK way to start? Do you save money by doing it yourself? If so, about how much?

03-07-2007, 08:48 PM
You mean a spindle? Of course you can! :D

A lot of people hate them, and those people are very, very vocal about hating them, in my experience. ;) I love them, and here's my take: if you are really determined, you can work through the frustration. Every new craft has that awful frustrating beginning, and if you can roll with it and keep going, you will catch on.

Personally I was very determined to spindle spin because I didn't see how there was any way that I could afford to purchase a wheel in the foreseeable future. So I knew if I was going to be a spinner, I was going to be a spindle spinner. (Of course the rest of my story is that I fell so in love with spinning that I raised the $$ to buy my wheel by spinning gobs and gobs of yarn...we're talking thousands of yards...and most of it was spindled!)

I don't know what your LYS carries...I'd recommend a spindle that weighs around 2oz. for a beginner though. Check out this board -- there are quite a few posts about tips for new spindle spinners. :D

03-09-2007, 04:15 PM
I started on a drop spindle. It taught me enough to know I liked spinning, but I didn't like spinning on a drop spindle. So I bought a Babe Spinning Wheel and went from there. :)

03-09-2007, 04:19 PM
So where can I see some spindle prices? So I can get an idea for what I'm getting into :teehee:

03-09-2007, 06:32 PM
Hi Lu,

I learned to spin on a wheel, then tried out spindles. You might want to look into a Turkish spindle, as these are easier to start out with than some other drop spindles. And you can carry your spinning along with you!

I have found that using a spindle is a great way to develop your control of the fiber and generate a more even yarn.


03-09-2007, 06:55 PM
I have two Schacht Hi-Lo spindles and I :heart: them. They come in three weights -- 1.1oz, 2.2oz, and 3oz -- I think the middle one would be best for a beginner...they are only $16. :D

One of the cool things about them is that you can use them as either a top-whorl or bottom-whorl. :thumbsup:

03-11-2007, 04:31 PM
I must say that I save no money by spinning because I buy lots and lots of fiber!!!!! I use a top whorl spindle. I would much rather a wheel but limited room and money doesn't allow it right now.

03-19-2007, 03:46 PM
I've spent the last week thinking about learning to do this, after visiting an alpaca farm near me. And now here you all are talking about it! I've learned a lot already about what to look for in a spindle. There's a lot of information on the internet, spindles for sale, and instructions. I really think I will give it a try, after reading here! Thanks for the encouragement! samm

03-24-2007, 11:00 PM
I bought a homemade drop spindle today that was made using cd's and a dowel rod. I paid the lady $5 that had made it. I knew I could make it much cheaper than that, but I figured that was cheap enough, not to have to do it. :D

Even though the stuff I'm creating doesn't look like yarn yet, I know it works good because I watched the lady demonstrate on the one she sold me, and hers looked great.

Here (http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/na_knitting/article/0,2025,DIY_14141_3447419,00.html) are instructions for making one.

03-30-2007, 10:52 AM
After not spinning since I was 12 which was a long long time ago, I recently fell in love with some Burgandy & silver silk Marano roveing and just had to have it. I bought an Ashford drop spindel at the same time and I'm just loveing how it spins. It's soooo smooth and balanced.

I practiced on some less expensive wool first and was pleasantly surprised at how well it came out.

03-31-2007, 06:07 PM
:cheering: :cheering:

04-28-2007, 06:05 PM
My first spindles came today and I'm thrilled! They are handmade ones, one with a cd whorl and one wooden wholed one which is heavier. I couldn't decide which I wanted so bought both, as they were only ten dollars each. I'm trying to get the courage to try them! samm

05-03-2007, 02:38 AM
I bought a homemade drop spindle today that was made using cd's and a dowel rod. I paid the lady $5 that had made it. I knew I could make it much cheaper than that, but I figured that was cheap enough, not to have to do it. :D
That was actually a GREAT price for the CD spindle. I've made about 20 of them, and they cost about $3.00 to make each one.

You have to buy a wooden dowel, a cup hook, a tiny piece of vinyl tubing, and two rubber grommets. It takes a LOT of time to make your first one, because you spend at LEAST an hour just looking for all the parts in the correct size. (I ended up going to THREE stores, looking for rubber grommets in the right size.) It also took me a while to find CDs I didn't mind letting go for this project.

THEN, I had to go to my step-dad's woodshop to cut the dowels to the right size, then sand down the tips. Then, my husband had to drill a tiny hole in the end of each dowel.

So, unless you have a lot of time on your hands, it pays to buy one from someone else.

Here are my handmade CD spindles:

05-03-2007, 02:40 AM
Then I got a good deal. :cheering:

Yours look great, Sandy. :D

05-03-2007, 02:48 AM
Thanks Renna! :muah: