Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-06-2006, 04:35 PM   #1
Knitting the Flap
hedgehog's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: mind, heart and body in Oxford, England... and i follow The 'Grid on tour...
Posts: 419
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
To spin or not to spin...
Maybe i need to learn how to spin... All signs are pointing to it.

1.) My mom has this old wheel from my great-great-grandmother's upstate NY farm that has sat in our house (as decoration) since i was a kid. No one in my family has spun since the 1800's. It needs refurbishing but i think it could easily be made functional. (it's beautiful too)

2.) I'm in awe of those who spin and create such beautiful yarn. Case in point, check out Silver's blog - she's made some gorgeous stuff!

3.) I have a good friend from another bulletin board i frequent who owns her own sheep/cattle ranch. Out of the blue she offered to send me some wool when they shear in Sept. Ack what would i do with it??

The truth is, i'm skeered to spin and dye my own yarn... I shouldn't be, but it seems like such a big undertaking.

*sigh* But the signs are there...

Do most people start with drop spinning? Is it hard?

Ahhhh, healthy obsession.... How i love thee and seek thy comfort....

On Needles: Bobby from Rowan's Tadpoles and Tiddlers in KP Shine Sport on indefinite hold...
Reading: The God of Small Things by A. Roy
hedgehog is offline   Reply With Quote


This advertising will not be shown to registered members. Join our free online community today!

Old 08-06-2006, 04:46 PM   #2
2nd Sock, I Rock
Vendie's Avatar
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Rolling around in yarn...
Posts: 8,892
Thanks: 62
Thanked 70 Times in 55 Posts
Drop spindle spinning is a good introduction to spinning, but you most definitely do not have to master it before moving to a wheel, as they are very different motions. I prefer the wheel b/c it's easier for me than the drop spindle, and the drop spindle hurts my shoulder (too much arm raising). You might want to look for classes. The class I took taught us spindle spinning, wheel spinning, how to shop for a fleece, how to process the fleece, all that jazz. I buy what feels soft

As a spinner, I prefer my wool/fibers to be completely processed before I get them. I have no interest in cleaning, combing and carding the wool before I can do anything with it. Some people really enjoy that piece, but I find it too much work when I have a hard enough time trying to fit spinning into my routine.

But I love to spin! I haven't made anything useful, but I find it incredibly relaxing (when it goes well). I love feeling the fiber run through my fingers and onto the wheel.

Good luck!
"If you die in Canada, you die in real life!"

It's only uphill until you get to the top of the hill

Vendie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 08-06-2006, 05:36 PM   #3
Instepping Out
Julie's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: Midwest
Posts: 3,325
Thanks: 10
Thanked 78 Times in 64 Posts
Oh goodness, if you have a wheel that you could make functional, I say go for it

I've only used a spindle, 'cause I don't foresee having the cash to get a wheel any time soon (too many things on the to-buy and to-fix lists :rollseyes: ) At first it was a bit cumbresome but now I'm really enjoying it. A lot. This week I spun 200 yards of yarn from 6 oz of fiber I got at the county fair last weekend. I find it to be really relaxing and I really just enjoy the feel of it -- and it's so amazing to me that on Saturday I had a big ball of fluff, and now I have a bunch of yarn!

I don't think I'll ever spin more than I knit, but it is a cool complementary skill to have. Like Wendie, I have noooo desire to clean fleeece. Give it to me soft and smooth and ready to spin. :D
Knitter's Geek Code
KCR+ Exp+ SPM+ Steel+ Bam+ Addi++ Pl-- Wool++ Cot Lux+ Stash Scale+ Fin !Ent Int FI> Tex Lace Felt Flat Circ+ Dpn- ML+ Swatch+ KIP+ Blog+ SNB> EZ? FO+ WIP3 Gauge W+ Alt Sw
Julie is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do you prepare to spin and then spin fur? knittingmusic94 Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 5 08-23-2011 07:26 PM
Trying to spin KnitClickChick Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 12 12-04-2008 12:12 AM
Do You Knit to Spin or Spin to Knit? Arielluria Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 6 09-26-2008 05:47 PM
Destin FL Spin In Deeknit General Knitting 1 01-22-2007 02:08 PM
Spin in mintdee Creating Yarn: Spinning, Dyeing, etc. 6 04-06-2006 01:19 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:55 AM.