Does anyone here spin??

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Frozen Feathers, Feb 4, 2008.

  1. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Just curious. I posted in Buy/sell offering free Pygora fiber and thought surely there were some spinners here who would surely jump at the chance at some free fiber.

    I would love to learn to spin, unfortunately it seems that spinning wheels start at about $400. :eek:
     
  2. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    I saw something in one of my knitting magazines about spindle spinning. I don't know much about it though. Every heard of it?
    I want to learn to spin too!
    CG
     
  3. Scrambled Egg

    Scrambled Egg Flock Mistress

    Aug 29, 2007
    Fayetteville, NC
    Ahhhhhhh, "spinning", not "twirling", lol!! Had to check and see what spinning was!!
     
  4. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    CG, No I've never heard of it, had to do a quick google search. Seems there's a lot of information about it available.

    Very interesting. The drop Spindles are only about $15, so that is something I wouldn't mind investing in. Especially since if i lose interest it's not a lot of money to be out.

    My smart butt Dh is like "Yeah, did you think Mongolians and native Americans carried around big spinning wheels around with them??" [​IMG]

    LoL Scrambled Egg...learn something new everyday. [​IMG]
     
  5. chickenranchwife

    chickenranchwife Chillin' With My Peeps

    I don't spin, but have seen it on DIY network. Check out the www.diy.com
     
  6. CityGirlintheCountry

    CityGirlintheCountry Green Eggs and Hamlet

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    Scrambled- when I first saw the title I thought "Spinning" like the aerobic thing on the stationary bikes. [​IMG]

    Angie- the cost difference was my thought on the spindle thing too. Plus, I figured it was pretty portable and I could use it while watching TV. I haven't gotten one yet. Part of my ten year plan for the little farm here is to add Southdown Babydoll mini sheep. Their wool is about the same quality of cashmere. Figure I need to learn to spin to rationalize the sheep purchase. [​IMG]

    Let me know how the spindle thing works out if you get one. I am very curious about them. Good luck!
     
  7. NewGuineaChooks

    NewGuineaChooks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was just thinking about spinning last night. There is a technique they use for the native crafts in Papua New Guinea (where I grew up) It requires spinning soft yarn-like strands into string, to make baby carriers and such.

    I have -got- to learn this 'cause my sister is pregnant now and I 'need' to make her one of those carriers from our childhood. Angie, let me know if you get the drop spinning to work..? I'm interested in hearing more.
     
  8. Badhbh

    Badhbh Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spin! I'd love it if you still have it [​IMG]
     
  9. Frozen Feathers

    Frozen Feathers Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2007
    Maine
    Well I just found a hand spindle on Ebay that comes with a wool roving and instructions. So I can try my hand at it and if I find I like it I can purchase some hand cards(which are needed to prepare the wool/fiber for spinning) and try to Spin some of C.J.'s wool if no one ends up taking it.

    Hand carders are sort of pricey but I can forget about ever buying a drumcarder...they cost about as much as a spinning wheel! Yikes!
     

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