I've been spinning a few minutes each day, just practicing and teaching my hands how to move. In truth, I still don't really know what I'm doing, but I'm learning. I finally got over my fear of ineptness and wasting good fiber. Learning isn't a waste--it's an investment--and even if the yarn I make isn't usable, it will be a step toward creating yarn that is.
I'm spinning with Bluefaced Leicester wool that I picked out at The Woolery as part of my birthday yarn and fiber adventure. The BFL smells wonderfully sheepy and feels great in my hands. So far I've been using the park and draft method, where I give the spindle a hearty spin and then hold it still while I release the twist into the fiber. Even at my slow beginner's pace, I am enthralled with that moment the twist takes hold of the fiber and changes it from fluff to yarn. It brings a bit of magic to my days.
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Do any of you have spinning resources (particularly drop spindling) that you'd recommend? Or tips for a new spinner?
Respect the Spindle has proven useful so far, but I'm interested in learning more!