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Post by Balanophage on 10th January 2010, 10:19 pm

Does anyone else here spin? I started a few years ago when a friend taught me how to use a drop spindle, and was lucky enough to be gifted a wheel about 6 months later. There's something magical about being able to turn random fluffy stuff into something you can make clothes out of...
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Post by Luath on 10th January 2010, 10:36 pm

Big fan of random fluffy stuff here! I'm on 500g of Droset Horn at the moment, with a specific project in mind. I've not used a spindle, although I have a couple, but went straight to the wheel. I've a tent full of fleeces waiting...........Big fan of rare breed wools, though, that's where my passion lies - North Ronaldsay and the Dorsets in particular. Trying to get hold of some Ouessant currently, but no luck so far. Hoping to get a few sheep soon. In the meantime, for my sins, I'm Chairman of our local WSD guild.
Always happy to meet other spinners.
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Post by frugalcrafty on 3rd August 2010, 10:23 am

I know this is an old postbut had to reply.
Big spinning fan here, bought a wheel first on a whim - and an irresistable bargain, had previously been looking at some books from the library including ones on building a wheel!
I've had my wheel for 14 months now, love it, find it so relaxing to do. I have spindles too and enjoy them but it's far quicker to produce something on a wheel, so they get left aside. I have an Ashford Traditional, but am thinking of trying something new (new to me anyway) over the next year, and will gift my Ashforfd to my daugher.
I love to try new fibres, different breeds and am oftem bought wool as a gift from family (they know me well). I can't resist asking at places what happens to their fleeces and often come home with fleece.

I spin mainly wool - Dorset Horn, Jacobs, Hampshire Down mainly. But have rather a stash of other fibres at the moment too - Alpaca, Llama, Shetland, BFL, Zwartbles, Wensleydale, some other long wool (?), Manx, Angorra, and probably more.

I'm a member of the Hampshire Guild of WSD (waving to Luath in Dorset) - I'm also the newsletter editor, and will probably get more involved in the committee in a few years when my daughter is a bit older.

Probably enough about me and spinning - lovely to "meet" others who spin.
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Post by Guest on 3rd August 2010, 10:36 am

I spin. Use a wheel, Ashford Kiwi double treddle. I get my fleeces from various friends who have interesting sheep, a favourite being Shetland (of course!). Am looking for Mohair ... anyone have the goats? And yes I know I have to learn to comb instead of card ... at least so they tell me

Am hoping to work some more with one of our local Hereford Ryeland wool. Had a go with some a couple of years back but the friend no longer has those sheep. I don't know if the wool from kerry sheep is any good, does anyone else?

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Post by Wigan Pixie on 4th January 2011, 11:54 am

I've had a spinning wheel for a couple of years but never really bothered with it. It was just too difficult and I couldn't get a decent yarn no matter what I did, although I was pretty good with a drop spindle. Recent snowfall has prevented me from going out much so I decided to get to grips with my wheel. Everything suddenly clicked and I'm now spinning most days. I love it Very Happy

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Post by seriwinde on 28th June 2011, 9:01 pm

I spin on an ashford traveler//(Jeanette) Im working on spinning bumpy lumpy for some fluffyiness to knit with... Seems I got spiderweb fine pretty well under control but learning to NOT spin so fine is a feat Im trying to master.... I always spun for my weaving projects but now need something for knitting!
Knitting seems to be a whole lot less time consuming than a loom and is way more portable.. but I still love my looms...

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