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« on: November 11, 2008 10:11:48 PM »

I picked up a drop spindle at a class 5 years ago. I was all excited and got started with some wool I was using to felt with. Everything was going great until the kids unwound it and got it all tangled. This happened more than once. I started again with another wool then we moved (3 times). I started with a silk cap, but got busy and put it away. I have two or three spindles started, and little to show for it. I enjoy the drop spindle, but wonder if I need a spinning wheel to bring it to the next stage.

It reminds me of my late mother inlaw who would knit squares and then toss them aside and start a new one, because she didn't know how to finish them off.

Maybe I have some kind of crafting ADD and can't decide what kind of crafting I want to do.

Anyone have any suggestions. Should I just enjoy spinning when I get around to it, and buy yarn to crochet with. Or is there something just wrong with me?


« Reply #1 on: November 14, 2008 08:21:54 PM »

well, that is truly a tough question. the only advice i can give is my experience.

i was always mystified by spinning wheels, ever since i was a kid. shortly after i started knitting i saw an episode of knitty gritty where women were spinning! i couldn't believe, i didn't people actually DID that anymore! so i looked it up online. wheels were too expensive, so i promptly bought a spindle kit. i liked it very much, but could never master the spindle. being limited to the "park and draft" method, i felt like a failure. i thought maybe i could do better with a wheel but didn't want to spend so much money on it and then not be able/not like doing it.

i bought a wheel anyways, a traveller, somewhat less expensive and good for a beginner. after puting the wheel together, i was immediately able to spin yarn on it! i was shocked. to this day *two years from then* it's one of the best decisions of my adult life.

some people say if you can't master a spindle, you probably won't be too good at spinning or you won't enjoy it *or something along those lines*. my advice to ANY beginner would be to try a spindle, but for those who don't like it and still want to try, maybe a wheel would be the right choice. if you can go to an LYS or a wool show or a guild or something to TRY a wheel for yourself, you could see pretty fast if you would like it. otherwise, if you have the money to spare and want to take the plunge, there are some cheaper wheels too *also with great reviews*, like babe's and some of the ashford models.

it would be hard for ANYONE to tell you the answer to your problem, you know yourself the best. it's not for everyone, but most people who start develope a lifelong passion.

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