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Switching roving for my Aromatherapy Drop Spindle

When I purchased this roving, I thought it would spin up into a warmer green. As I started to spin it using my wonderful Golding aromatherapy drop spindle, the orange streaks blended into pink and the cream toned down the green. I continued spinning until I had enough to ply together in order to knit a swatch. Tina was perfect! I showed it to her and she said, "That's not your color!". We are going to have a fiber/yarn exchange in January so I know this lovely fiber will find a nice home with someone else in the building.

Luckily I organized my yarns and fibers in a cleaning fit a couple of months ago. It felt wonderful to be able to grab the plastic storage bins and pick something more appealing. I'll start on it this weekend. I have absolutely no idea what I will do with the finished yarn. I won't have enough for an entire sweater but I'm thinking of trying a raglan from Spin To Knit. Probably knit the body and sleeves in a commercial yarn and the yoke in my handspun.

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Comment by fuzzy on November 30, 2008 at 9:05am
Hi Susan,
Kelley is right... Golding is the place to go!! i met the owner at a big Sheep & Wool festival in May. He helped me & a friend pick out a spindle just right for the thickness of yarn I wanted-fingering wt for socks. Just make sure you get the right wt spindle for the yarn you want to make. Oh, my yarn is turning out great!!
Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 26, 2008 at 4:05pm

Thanks for the response. After I get through Christmas and have officially retired, I may check out the drop spindle. You said that when you started you had problems, so I won't expect too much at first. It sounds like my best bet is to do the internet research, get the drop spindle and give it a try.

Thanks so much for this wonder site. It's looking better all the time.
Comment by Kelley Petkun on November 26, 2008 at 2:46pm
Hi Susan,

I was very hesitant to try drop spindling. I know how to spin yarn using a spinning wheel. When I first took up spinning, I tried drop spindling and was completely frustrated. I've now learned that I was probably using a badly designed drop spindle. I would recommend a Golding Spindle. They are wonderful!!

There are tutorials on the Golding site. I also have a YouTube video about drop spindling.

A good book is Spin To Knit.

There is also a drop spindling group in Ravelry.

That should get you started.

Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on November 21, 2008 at 6:26pm
It's very interesting how the colors change as you spin them. When I first read your posts about spinning, I thought, "OK, I can knit, but WHY spin?" The more I purchase already processing yarn, I more I wonder why it is the way it is, and how did it get this way, etc. In a few weeks I will have lots of time on my hands, and I'm getting curious about knitting. I'm also joining our local Fiber Arts Guild, and one of the members has a fiber farm. Now I'm starting to wonder if I would like to try spinning. Where would I get more information on spinning how-to's, and where can I buy a spindle?

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