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« on: November 04, 2005 03:13:10 PM »

So, I recently started knitting after I came across some lovely, lovely handspun yarns.  I figured it was illogical to leap into spinning without knowing what the heck to do with the product other than admire it, haha.  But now I'm getting ready to take the plunge and try to see if I can even come close to the beautiful yarns I've seen here on craftster, so I've got a bunch of silly questions.

Where do you buy your fibers and what would be good for a beginner to work with?  I have no clue where I'd go to buy some...I think I'd have to buy from e-bay, but I have no clue what a good price is and I don't want to get ripped off.

I've seen lots of tutorials and websites for spinning with drop spindles, but they all seem to show the outcome as a rather thin yarn.  How do you spin large singles?  I'm a big fan of super chunky yarn.

« Reply #1 on: November 04, 2005 04:43:06 PM »

For me, spinning thick yarns isn't hard. Getting yarn to be even, or thin, is much much harder.

I am learning with the Learn to Spin kit at www.plainmabel.com and these websites:






« Reply #2 on: November 05, 2005 03:30:19 AM »


I really like some of the fibers here.  Someone else mentioned grafton, which is also good.

Bonkers Handmade Fiber (.com) is also really faboo.  I picked up two colourways in Lawrence, KS, a few months back, and didn't put them down 'til they were gone.

My husband, for my birthday, got me a bump of domestic wool from RH Lindsay, and while it's not the best. fiber. ever. or anything, I've been spinning and dyeing happily for almost four months with it.  It's cheap when bought in bulk and dyes well.

I'm not sure where you're located, but if you happen to travel ANYWHERE near Scottsbluff, NE, stop by the Brown Sheep Wool factory.  They sell off giant barrels of wool that's either dyed or plain for handspinners for $4 a POUND.   Seriously.  I couldn't fit anything else in my trunk when I left there, and I've got a -big- car. Smiley

And I agree with everyone else -- spinning itself isn't hard.  Perfecting it takes a long time, though.  Still, it's one of the easiest things to -start- that I've ever done. Smiley

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