The cats are at war again (still?), which means they are shitting and pissing everywhere. Which means my wheel is in our bedroom as it is forbidden to them which means I’m not making as much progress as I would like to be making with my winter inventory. CAAAAAAAAAAAAAAATS!!!!!!!!!!
But just because my cats can’t behave doesn’t mean you can’t take up hand spinning. I still secretly love hand spinning the best, it’s just so much slower than wheel spinning. But it’s a much better place to start in my opinion. Firstly, it’s a much less expensive place to start so if you don’t love it it’s not a big deal. Secondly, learning the wheel is sooooo easy if you know how to hand spin first. I learned to spin on a top whirl hand spindle. I think Corriedale sheep wool roving is a good starting fiber to learn on, it’s a bit coarse but not too coarse, has a long staple length and is pretty inexpensive. Dyeing is a lot of fun too, you can even dye 100% undyed wool yarn or roving with Kool Aid which is an inexpensive and safe starting place. If you use acid based dyes, you’ll need a stock pot dedicated to dyeing only so you don’t slowly poison yourself and your family. A yarn bowl keeps you from getting too tangled if you’re plying.
1. Start Spinning by Maggie Casey: Amazon $14.93
2. Top Whorl Maple Spindle: The Knit Store $6.49
3. Louet Corriedale Spinning Fiber, Warm Wine: Paradise Fibers $3.20/oz
4. Yarn Bowl in Iron Red: The Mud Place $32.00
5. Winco 8 Quart Aluminum Stock Pot: Elite Restaurant Equipment $16.94
6. Dharma Acid Dye, Fire Engine Red: Dhama Trading Company $6.40/two oz