Dorothy Pohorelow wrote: NEVER be ashamed of grabbing a spindle and parking it if you think it is spinning too fast. Sadly learning just the amount of flick is a matter of experience. AND it has to be combined with learning a feel for your fiber. Too much twist is difficult to draft too little and your single drifts apart.
r ranson wrote:I usually start people with a potato and a chopstick. Failing that an apple and ... well you get the idea. The absolutely BEST drop spindle is the one that gets you spinning.
From there, the BEST drop spindle is the one that keeps you spinning. It is the one that gives you so much joy you just want to leap out of bed and start spinning in the morning. Something with beauty to your eyes and a weight that makes the yarn you like - and the problem with this criteria is that you need to know a lot more about drop spindles to know how to get a drop spindle that does this. Catch 22.
When I'm teaching, I teach on the Ashford Drop Spindle Classic. I like this because it's good a good beginner weight. The stick can be removed and we can use it as a twisty-stick (and yes, that is a technical term). It's such a well-made spindle that it's a great place to start.
Dorothy Pohorelow wrote:
I actually like low whorls a lot. Does yours have a hook or do you need to half hitch it? I find half hitching much easier then using a hook but know some who feel otherwise.
FYI my personal favorite for a simple beginners spindle is a Barebones (about 1.5 ounces) or Barebonsie(about 1 ounce) from Greensleeves spindles. They are simple sturdy well balanced inexpensive wooden spindles made by a spindler and woodworker in Utah. You can order straight from her or The Woolery and Bountiful both carry them. These are top whorls, sadly finding a nice wooden but not toy wheel low whorl that is inexpensive can be hard these days. When I first started to spindle it was the exact opposite. If you don't mind 3D printed spindles Turtlemade has a nice rep for their printed turkish spindles (low whorls) and Snyders on Etsy has some nice fairly inexpensive spindles in all shapes and sizes both wood and 3D printed.
r ranson wrote: The absolutely BEST drop spindle is the one that gets you spinning.
From there, the BEST drop spindle is the one that keeps you spinning. It is the one that gives you so much joy you just want to leap out of bed and start spinning in the morning.
I had no idea you could spin too fast! I always just spun it as fast as I could so it would spin longer. But maybe this is why I often have a hard time drafting because it seems like it's trying to spin the roving I'm trying to draft. Now I'm going to experiment with different spinning speeds--thank you!