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« on: January 27, 2008 01:58:31 AM »

I had a question. I've been wanting to learn to spin and have been looking at the drop spindles to start off with since they are cheaper and take up a lot less room. My question is this. I received an injury to my left wrist (i'm right handed) about 3 years ago. I only have about 75% strength in it and after using it for any length of time it goes numb. Would I still be able to learn to spin? Or should I just not bother with it... How much do you use both hands with the drop spindle? I appreciate any help. Thanks! ^^
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« Reply #1 on: January 27, 2008 03:32:16 AM »

I would say try it. A drop spindle isn't too expensive, and you could look for a lightweight one. When I use a drop spindle I spin with my right hand and hold with my left, and I find that my right hand aches a little and my left arm (not wrist or hand) aches after a really long time.

You can always swap hands to see which works best for you.

Good luck!
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« Reply #2 on: January 27, 2008 06:20:41 AM »

When I use my drop spindle I "park and draft"...  meaning I use my right hand/arm to spin, and my left to hold the spindle...

I DOES afffect my arms..  I am a massage therapist and I found that after a long day at work, it was uncomfortable to come home and spin...  also, I couldn't spend the weekend spinning, and then go back to work feeling refreshed...

I bought a wheel because I love to spin, but I just couldn't deal with the affect it was having on my arms and hands...
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« Reply #3 on: January 27, 2008 12:18:24 PM »

I agree with xamp, try it and see. I think if you park and draft, you'd be okay. You can get a spindle pretty cheaply. Let us know if it works for you. Smiley
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« Reply #4 on: January 27, 2008 03:12:48 PM »

I just thought of the ones you kick. maybe called kick spindles? They look pretty similar to drop spindles. Try searching on youtube, im sure thats where I saw them. Someone else here will most likely know what I mean and be able to explain properly
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« Reply #5 on: January 27, 2008 08:58:57 PM »

Awsome. Thank you all for your advice! ^___^ I really appreciate it. <3's~ I will definatly let you know how it works out.

xampx- I haven't heard of a kick spindle before. I'll go check youtube right now. :3 Thanks! ^^
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« Reply #6 on: January 28, 2008 07:42:34 AM »

Yup, the kick spindles are called Mother Marions.  There was a craftster on the boards several months ago that had one and loved it...haven't heard from him in a while, though.

You might also look into supported spindles.  They rest on the floor or in a bowl, which means that you might not put as much strain on your wrist.  The Navajo spindle might be your best bet.  Here's a link to what they look like while in use:
http://www.ispindle.com/navspin.htm
Granted, they're big, so one might cost more than a regular drop spindle, but they're supported on the ground and use one hand much more than the other.  You also might look into cotton spindles (which are very small and light) or the book charkha, which is less expensive than a full-blown spinning wheel.

Lots of options!  Welcome to spinning!
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« Reply #7 on: January 29, 2008 07:05:39 AM »

Just wanted to share, here is one on e-bay...I've even tempted by it, looks awesome!

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« Reply #8 on: January 29, 2008 08:44:38 AM »

I recently bought a Mother Marion Kick spindle from thefords4him on ebay and it's great!  She shipped very fast and was great with helping to correct a small transaction error I made.

The spindle itself is awesome. It's really easy to put together and easy to use. so far I've used it to worsted to bulky weight. It's a bit easier for me to draft on because i have two hands.

I'd recommend it.
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