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eldergirl
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Posted - 03/29/2013 :  11:09:52 AM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am exploring learning to spindle spin.

Being me, I have bought a couple of spindles (not expensive), and some roving that I couldn't resist.

But, with all the wonderful varieties of sheep wool, Clara's book, and all the indie sources, now, I thought I'd ask the experts, and find out what I can!

Please tell me what you think would be a good type of wool to start spindling with!

Thanks, and best wishes,

Anna

Life is beautiful.

robinstephanie
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Posted - 03/30/2013 :  10:00:31 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh, yay, another spinner. I started spinning on a spindle too and was almost instantly addicted. Generally, a nice wool top is good to begin with. The fibers are all pretty much pointing the same way, and it's easiest to learn to draft. I've heard that Corriedale and Romney tops are some of the easiest to begin with.

I also find spinning Shetland batts really easy and FUN, although the batt is a different fiber preparation, where the fibers more jumbled than aligned, but I found the Shetland such a friendly wool.

I've only been spinning a year or so. I look forward to hearing what the more experienced spinners here have to say.

Robinsteph

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Kade1301
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Posted - 03/31/2013 :  09:44:57 AM  Show Profile  Visit Kade1301's Homepage Send Kade1301 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I think medium-fine, medium-long sheep's wool is easiest - in the form of combed top. Jacob, Blue-faced Leicester come to mind - I don't know what else is available. I'd stay away from Merino for the moment, as well as from the very long, hairy wools (Leicester Longwool etc.) and from mohair and other luxury fibres. Firstly, the generally present some new challenge compared to wool, secondly you don't want to be able to calculate the financial loss when you throw out a bit of yarn that's completely messed up or look at the fluff on your floor...

Happy spinning! Klara

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robinstephanie
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Posted - 04/01/2013 :  06:41:34 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh yeah, stay away from Merino. I remember it being really slippery and hard to handle at first. Alpaca was the same. Jacob and BFL would probably be great, and feel something along the line of Shetland, i would imagine.

Robinsteph

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purlewe
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Posted - 04/01/2013 :  07:28:08 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Corriedale top is what I suggest. It is a great starter fiber!

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~Myrna Loy
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eldergirl
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Posted - 04/03/2013 :  10:20:52 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Thank you Robinstephanie, Klara, and purl ewe!

Do you know, the roving and stuff I had "laid in" was exactly what you have suggested!

Now to contact the spindle spinning teacher!

Anna

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purlewe
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Posted - 04/04/2013 :  07:34:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit purlewe's Homepage Send purlewe a Private Message  Reply with Quote
AMazingly, youtube's videos are a great way to get started. Google "how to spin yarn on a spindle and see what comes up!

Another great resource is right here! Clara wrote about spinning on a drop spindle here: http://www.knittersreview.com/article_how_to.asp?article=/review/profile/050707_a.asp

Life is not a having and a getting, but a being and a becoming. ~Myrna Loy
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eldergirl
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Posted - 04/05/2013 :  6:27:06 PM  Show Profile Send eldergirl a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh Purlewe, thank you for those links and ideas!

Now I am worried if I have a good spindle to start with, so I will start a new thread on that!

Thanks again!

Anna

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