Let me start by saying some of y'all are incredibly talented and do amazing stuff and are completely and utterly inspiring. Seriously. Wow and wow.
I'm Tom. n00b-extraodinaire. Hi.
Long story shorter:
I'm selling a modest lot of stocks and have decided, in an entrepreneurial fit, to think about starting spinning. The whys and wherefores are pretty boring, suffice it to say adjunct professoring only pays some
bills and leaves lots of free-time for doing krafty things.
(My girlfriend knits which planted the original thought; my shopping with her and seeing the price on small-run-type yarns made me think "Hey!" Her teaching me to knit and having played around with it for a few days makes me think it's a fine and honorable thing.)
Before I go on, please don't crucify me for my capitalistic leanings. I've done craft stuff in the past - high end leather / exotic wood chess sets - and my REAL drive comes from my enjoyment of playing with stuff. And Craftster is great and I'm a n00b. Hi. You guys are awesome and I enjoy reading your posts. Hi.
I've been shopping for some stuff, and since y'all are pros I figured I'd run my shopping cart by you. I'm thinking of ordering from The Woolery, because at least some of you seem to have had luck with them, and their prices seem reasonable enough.
I'm thinking about the Kromsky Mazurka. My thinking goes like this: there are a lot of wheels, and it seems (to my n00b brain) that the Kromsky will do a fine job spinning most kinds of yarn. Plus, it's purty.
I'm further thinking about picking up Strauch's Finest. Expensive and flexible, yes? Probably a skeinwinder in there as well.
I'm also going to just get kinda whacky and throw a bunch of different sorts of fiber(/re)s into the shopping cart.
So! Here's the top-hat-rotten-capitalist question I have:
1) That I have a fair amount of time to learn to spin - roughly until the paychecks stop in May.
2) That I'm not completely incompetent
3) That a worldwide sheep epidemic doesn't happen
4) That I'm a capable marketer
Is it possible to make money spinning? A little bit? Etsy and eBay and LYSs and things? I know it's not going to be an over-night type thing, but I really have lots *lots* of free-time, and I'm a fairly quick learner. I'm not in this to get wildly rich, but I really, seriously, *seriously* need something to supplement my meager salary, and doing something wholesome and beautiful and non-ridiculous and with a long a storied and neat history like spinning seems right up my alley.
I know that you pros out there might be unwilling to divulge all their industry secrets, but let me remind you that competition is what makes capitalism work, and my inferior product will make yours that much more impressive!
I love you all and Craftster is great and thanks for all the knowledge that you've already given away and I hope you have a delightful November and thank you.