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« on: September 06, 2007 10:00:14 AM »

Hello !
I'm a newbie. I've been reading so many things (blogs and so on) about hand spinning since about 2 months, that I decided to give it a try ! I do felting too, so I already have some rovings. Last week I ordered a drop spindle (Ashford top whorl, quite cheap), I'm so eager to get it ! The site where I bought it had a turkish spindle too (about 20 euros), which seemed to be great. It was hard to decide which one to buy, I took the cheapest, in case I am not talented for spinning after all ! But the idea of the yarn ball sounds nice... What do you think of it ?

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« Reply #1 on: September 07, 2007 02:59:05 AM »

I went straight for the turkish spindle and would never go back. I'm already looking at buying another turkish spindle made from nicer wood, but I don't think I could ever change to a 'normal' drop spindle now...
Good luck with spinning, should be fun!

« Reply #2 on: September 07, 2007 11:31:07 AM »

Hi ! I'm still waiting eagerly for the mail ! I'll surely let you know and show my first yarn ! Thanks for the advice ! Smiley

« Reply #3 on: September 07, 2007 08:18:18 PM »

Looking at Turkish Drop Spindles makes me a little frightened... I use my regular every day drop spindle... I love it, but then again I am obsessive compulsive with too much time.

Hope to see your spinning!

« Reply #4 on: September 14, 2007 06:16:39 PM »

I started on a top whorl spindle,and bought my Turkish on a lark from winderwoodfarm at Ebay (very nice, accomodating seller).  I was tired of winding off the spindle into a ball.  I do love my Turkish.  I get a kick out of taking the whorl off and removing the  cross pieces every time I do it.  And it looks like a propeller when it spins.

I was a very confused about how to wind the yarn the spun yarn on when I started using it, but I found a way I like.  If you look at it from the top, I wind a couple of times across the middle of the x, then move it a quarter turn.  If you think of it as spokes, I wind over two of them every time always on the same side of the dowel. I get a kick out of the square ball, too....
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