Monday, March 21, 2005

I'm so excited I couldn't wait to share! I'm going to learn how to spin! Yay! I through various internet searches and found the name of a woman in Montgomery. I finally emailed her today and she got back to me and she is going to teach me! Now, I just have to buy a spindle but I am so so excited! Any advice on which one to buy?

Oooo... and I can check something off my 2005 Suggestion list (see January post).


Blogger Jenifer said...

Yea for you Gracie -- I've been telling myself that I just don't need to add one more complication to my life ... but I don't know how long I can hold out. Have fun with it! Keep us updated on your progress (I'm sure you will) as we'll be following along your path some day ... :) Jenifer

12:55 AM  
Blogger Wendy G said...

What exciting news. I know you will be very good at it. Looks like ya'll had a good weekend and I know the A-Day game was fun!! Football season will be here before you know it. You have also made lots of progress on your knitting. Hope you finish Phoebe before Sunday.

7:31 AM  
Blogger Nyxxie said...

Hey great that is just wonderful now you can teach me sometime!!

7:47 AM  
Blogger Annie said...

Spindle Suggestions:
Anything by Grafton Fibers:

Anything by the Bosworths:

Anything from Greensleeves Spindles:

These are just a few of my favorites, in no particular order. I prefer top-whorl spindles for handspinning (I like to spin the shaft on my leg). Check with your "instructor" before you buy to see whether she'll be teaching top or bottom whorl (or both). I think investing in a pretty, well-balanced spindle is a good move--you'll probably want to start with one in the 1.25-2.0 ounce range (suitable for spinning fingering to worsted weight yarn).

Good luck!

8:15 AM  
Blogger Becca said...

Woo hooo!

I get my stuff from AnnieMay - she's really nice and helpful, and has pretty nice prices. The wool is great too. :-D Good luck!!! I'm going ot post pictures soon of my hand-spun then knit's so rewarding to have started from (almost the) beginning!!

11:30 AM  
Blogger amanda said...

yay! you'll love it. i'd say top whorl all the way. if you're not ready to invest a lot of money you can make a spindle using cd's (all those aol cds that come in the mail LOL!)...they are really well balanced. i think there is a how to on the ik site for spinning. have a blast!

3:20 PM  
Anonymous Secret Pal said...

Wow - cool news! I'm sure you'll pick it up very quickly and will produce some gorgeous stuff!

7:17 PM  
Blogger IndigoMuse said...

Ah, football is in the air. I can't wait. DH and I are counting down the days.

As far as a spindle, I love my Golding (though it has been neglected since I bought my wheel). It spins forever! His website is

Good luck!


12:17 PM  
Blogger sUsAn said...

How exciting! I haven't tried a drop spindle yet. You've gotten lots of suggestions and info from the other commenters that I'm going to make note of for me. :) Looking forward to hearing about your adventures with spinning!

4:53 PM  
Blogger Grace said...

hey gracie! thanks for posting a reply about the lucky cardi on kr. i went by the diagram as well, but i'm still not 100% sure what i'm doing! it's funny, you and i have knit alot of the same projects! except for spinning. very impressive.

thanks again,

7:45 PM  

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