After much deliberation, I walked down to Webs today and got their drop spindle starter kit - a Louet spindle, a book on spinning, and half a pound of wool to spin. And I've started spinning my first skein! Yay!
It's a bit lumpy, and I keep going from long sections of thick yarn to long sections of thin yarn, but I think I'm catching on to how you do it. Drafting is taking some getting used to, but even if I can't actually do it properly right now, I think I understand how it's supposed to be done which means I just need to teach my fingers how to do it. I think I'm over-twisting most of it, but I think for my first skein, it's not too bad. I seem to have figured out how to join pretty well and the joins are strong, but they're really fuzzy.
This is so exciting! Once I actually knit something with yarn I've spun, I'm just going to go around showing everyone I know!
Lucky for you spinning isnt really expensive. Not compared to cars, travel and psycho analysis!
I wish I had picked up on spinning so quickly. I feel like a ninny when I try to spin. I cant get the spindle spinning freely. I spin it so fast it jumps around a bit - like hercules trying to tickle a kitten lol
I have yet to make yarn. I usually just pull the roving too hard. I have no finesse. I keep trying though. Im saving all the goobered bits for a felt cat ball :rofling:
"I have PMS and ESP. That makes me a *itch who knows everything!"
So far, I'm not fast enough at drafting to just let the spindle drop, so I've been drafting, giving the spindle a spin, and then catching it with my knees so I can draft more. I tried drafting while spinning a few times, but it was just too panicky. I'll have to wait until I'm better at drafting.
I've actually gotten good at joining because I keep pulling too much at the roving. Also the roving in my hand keeps getting in the way of the yarn I'm spinning, so I'm only working with really small bits of roving at a time.
I'm a very tactile person (probably why I like knitting so much!) so I can pick up these sorts of things quickly. Though I very little control over yarn width, so this is going to be the strangest shaped skein ever!
Quirky, you might do well to have a Louet spindle. They are really heavy, thus preventing the jumping you are experiencing. Likewise, if you find you are having trouble winding on after a while or that it is fatiguing, you probably want to try a lighter spindle. It will also help make a thinner yarn if you have a light spindle-it will spin faster and thinner yarn needs more twist.
I have a Louet and I really don't like it, it is simply too heavy for me.