Ok I looked through a little and didn't see this....
How long/much practice did you need in order to be consistant when drop spinning? I'm not saying extremely thin, just not clumpy.
I went to a fair this weekend and they had a spinning bee. While I was watching, the woman running the event talked me into learning drop spinning (top whorl, cause I got a bottom whorl a few yrs ago and never got the hang; now I think I know what I was missing). By the end I wound up with a top whorl CD spindle, 2 large hanks of roving (totally forgot the 2 sheep types, 1 is very white and has small to medium fibers, the other is grey/brown curly and has medium to long fibers) to "practice" with as well as a promise to met them again in 3 wks at another fair.
I wanna be able to show them that I can at least be consistent with my thickness by then but I'm not sure how much practice time i should try to squeeze in. See below about drop spindle.
Now I have a new question. I just kinda got my spinning wheel working (looks like the one on this thread http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=187011.0
I got it for like $25 at a church fair). Well I'm having 3 problems with it....
1. The "thread" that winds around the 2 wheels seems to be really twisted and I can't see how to get it untwisted (it keeps coming out of the grooves in the larger wheel).
2. The bobbin seems to be spinning in the opposite direction from the spindle and the wool I'm trying to spin won't feed on to the bobbin (I checked the websites recommened on the FAQ page and I'm pretty sure I'm feeding it through the oriface and over the hooks properly).So what am I doing wrong? Or is there a problem with the bobbin?
3. When first learning to spin do the wheels sometimes start spinning in the opposite direction? It was un-twisting everything I was working on
PS. what kind of oil should I use to get rid of squeaking? Would WD-40 be a no-no?