Are you ready to start spinning? Well I'm going to try my best to help you get started.
The wheel is an amazing tool but a spindle can create hand spun yarn just as beautiful and amazing. This tool is inexpensive and completely portable. Making it easy to steal some time from your busy schedule and spin anywhere you happen to be. Here's what you need to get started.
Spindles come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. We are going to be working with a top whirl drop spindle. If you have a local yarn store that stocks spindles I would recommend going in and trying out a few. If not, this would be a good one to get you started.
If your spinning for the first time it is recommended to start with an undyed medium wool that is carded. A 4oz roving of Bluefaced Leicester wool is what I will be using. Again if you have a local yarn store that stocks wool rovings its the perfect place to find fibers to spin. If not, Etsy is a good place to start looking. Try typing undyed wool roving in the search. This listing for a 4oz BFL wool roving at Rocky Mountain Fibers looks like a good one.
The Know How
So now that you have your spindle and your fiber your ready to start spinning. Signing up for a beginning spinning class is a perfect place to start. But if you can't find a class near you don't be deterred. Head to your local library and check out a few books on spinning. I have found this book Respect the Spindle to be an invaluable resource. I read this book from cover to cover and found it to be extremely helpful and completely fascinating. I'm also linking up a video below to help you get started.
Things to Keep in Mind
Don't worry if your yarn isn't consistent when you first start spinning. Give yourself some time to get the feel for it. And love your hand spun yarn even if it doesn't turn out exactly like you thought it should. Perfection is overrated don't you think?
Here's a quick video to help you get going.
This is my first video tutorial so I would love to hear your feedback. Is this video helpful? Did I leave out important steps? Please feel free to leave a question in the comment box if your having a hard time getting started. I would be happy to help you work through this beginning stage.
So go on... Get started. And be amazed that you can create your very own hand spun yarn. See you back here next week with a full spindle and I'll show you how to wind the yarn off of your spindle into a ball.