Date: 2005-03-19 03:34 pm (UTC)
Hiya New Spinner!!

We fiber people are nothing if not enabling. First I'd point you to a couple of communities that are GREAT! [ profile] handspinning or [ profile] spinningfiber

What can you use to spin? The possiblities are endless. You can buy rovings which is wool that is prepared and ready to spin, you can use the cotton from the inside of a medicine bottle, if you have some hand carders you can spin dog hair! The only limits are your imagination.

That said, I'd suggest starting with a wool roving. I'm assuming you don't have much in the way of supplies.

Where to find it. Well, online is certainly a good resource. I can't give you any recommendations for local places to go since you don't list your location. eBay is a good place to find rovings. As to a brick and motar store that I would suggest generically I'd say, you could call up and talk to them and tell them you are a new spinner and I know for a fact they could recommend something to you.

I would also suggest that you check for a guild in your area. A starting point for locating one is at Interweave (, they are also the printer of a great magazine called Spin Off.

About the chunky yarns. Some people like them, some don't. I'm of the don't variety. I spin what I need. Just finished up 8 ounces of superwash merino for hubby's socks. Spun very fine.

As to the dying. You can dye before you spin or after. The results will vary greatly, but you are going to be learning all about drafting and I won't overload you on that right now.

There is a great yahoo group called Spindlers, mostly for people who use drop spindles but also wheel users on there. Drop spindles are too slow for me but they are a great way to start out. For one you can make a drop spindle from a cd and a dowel and find out if you even like spinning long before you look at purchasing a wheel.

Another hint for you. Remember that when you are spinning yarn you are essentially making thread. Your yarn has to be plyed so depending on how many plies you have (for sock I do a 3 ply) you need to spin that much smaller. Its much easier to think of not spinning yarn but spinning singles. You can certainly get down to spinning thread and if that is your ulitimate goal then you will be very happy with a spindle. thread. There's a gal in one of the spinning communities I mentioned earlier that spins it and it is nummy to behold.

Please feel free to holler at me anytime. I'm not an expert but I do love spinning and I'm always happy to help bring a new spinner into the flock. *snicker*
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