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I'm so excited to find this room. I'm waiting to conceive my first and hang out mostly in the "I want a baby" forum.
I am an avid knitter and crocheter. Love doing both!! Recently, however, I learned how to spin my own yarn.
Are there any other spinners here? What do you use? Drop spindles or spinning wheel? Where do you get your fleece from? I don't have a spinning wheel, but have learned how to spin pretty fast with a drop spindle. My friend is in the process of making me a new (and slightly larger) one.
I just bought my first fleece from a place online. I was a little disappointed. It was corriedale wool, but the staple is only about 3". I've got about 2/3 still sitting up in my bathtub. Corriedale is supposed to have a 5" staple, so I thought a flick carder would be sufficient, but now there is just so much waste that I felt compelled to buy a set of hand carders to move through it faster.
What kind of wool do you like to spin, and where do you get it from?
So far I have only spun Corriedale, but I've spun it out of my bathtub at least. Most of it is in bags now. I weighed it. I've got about 1.75 pounds left. It's all clean, spinable stuff, even if the staple is really short.
I have to say, there is something incredibly rewarding about taking a sheep and turning it into knittable yarn. I was sitting in my husband's office waiting for him after work today and his coworkers were just fascinated by the spinning.
I also use a drop spindle. It's nice and portable.
Do you card your own wool, or do you buy prepared roving? I've got some prepared roving, but I don't actually like it. It's difficult to draft. I've been spinning from my own rolags that I've combed up.