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Tgz
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Portugal
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  05:03:59 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tgz's Homepage Send Tgz a Private Message
Hi. I just bought some fiber (Corriedale and Merino). I hope the corriedale is not too scratchy for me, but if it is, I still have the merino.

I need to find a spindle, now. So, help me: 1) Is it a good idea to try to learn to spin with a handmade spindle (the CD spindle or the spindle made from a wooden wheel)? 2) Where can I find nice but not too expensive spindles in Europe (so that the shipping will not be prohibitive)? I'm a student and my finances are somewhat tight!

3) Where can I find a good tutorial to learn to spin online? (There are not many spinners in Portugal, maybe still some old ladies in the country who spin wool and flax, but I don't have a car to try to find those lovely ladies)

Any other advice is welcome.

Thanks in advance,

TGZ

my knitting blog: http://knittingthrough.blogspot.com

RobA
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  06:40:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
I found the online tutorials at icanspin.com very useful. Take a look also at the videos at www.joyofhandspinning.com. Can't help you though with European sources of spindles -- try a European ebay (I keep coming across fiber-related sales on www.ebay.ie)



Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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Destiny
Warming Up

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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  12:39:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Destiny's Homepage  Send Destiny a Yahoo! Message Send Destiny a Private Message
I learned to spin on a drop spindle I made enough yarn to make a small swatch the size of a washcloth. That was enough to get me hooked less then a month later my dh bought me my wheel as an early christmass present (this was in october)

So in answer to your question a home made spindle is ok to learn on , but it's a slippery and exspensive slope to buying a wheel

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Lissa
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USA
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  12:49:46 PM  Show Profile  Visit Lissa's Homepage Send Lissa a Private Message
The spindle you buy can make all the difference in whether and how you learn. I hate spindle spinning, but I bought a spindle to give to a friend last week that just spins, and spins, and spins...not like my spindle at all. told her that if she didn't like spinning, I'd be happy to take it back!

Lissa

During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a
revolutionary act. -- George Orwell


Oh, and I now have a blog:http://knittnlissa.typepad.com/knittnlissa/
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Tgz
Chatty Knitter

Portugal
205 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  1:23:21 PM  Show Profile  Visit Tgz's Homepage Send Tgz a Private Message
Can you suggest me a good, but not too priced, spindle? (Even if not in Europe).

Thanks,

TGZ

my knitting blog: http://knittingthrough.blogspot.com
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BessH
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  2:33:20 PM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
Go ahead and make the CD spindles. It doesn't feel heavy enough for you - tape small coins around it at equal distances. The closer to the shaft you tape them, the faster it will spin - the further out you tape them, the longer it will spin. Those CD spindles are perfectly good to start with.

And when you have BoCoo bucks go ahead and pop for one of these:

http://www.dropspindle.info/dropspindles.html

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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BessH
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Posted - 01/02/2006 :  2:35:18 PM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
Oh - and when you can spin a little - do it in public - often. I bet some of those little old ladies will creep out of their ancient abodes and spin with you! Maybe even lend you a wheel. You never know what sort of friendly people you'll meet if you go public.

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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OneofEight
Warming Up

USA
93 Posts

Posted - 01/02/2006 :  6:32:18 PM  Show Profile Send OneofEight a Private Message
Lissa, what kind of spindle did you buy that spins and spins? The the biggest problem I have with hand spindling is having it not spin very long.

Joyce

Are we having fun yet? - Zippy
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BessH
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Posted - 01/03/2006 :  03:59:58 AM  Show Profile  Visit BessH's Homepage Send BessH a Private Message
Goldings spin forever. they have a brass ring around the outer rim which is what keeps them spinning so long.

Bess
http://likethequeen.blogspot.com
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