I’ve been contemplating how much fun it would be to have a spinning wheel at our house. To be completely honest, my fascination with spinning wheels started when I was a little girl and I read about Rumpelstiltskin spinning straw into gold. I wondered if it could really be done. Obviously it can’t, but just as magical is watching roving being spun into gorgeous yarn.
While at the DFW Fiber Fest, I was able to see spinning in person. It really is something else. The women (I’m sure there are men spinners out there, but while I was at the festival, there were only women) made the process look absolutely effortless and graceful. I struggle to keep my roving from getting tangled up on my drop spindle. I don’t know how they do it!
I guess what I’m pondering right now is this: At what point do you move from a drop spindle to trying a spinning wheel? It’s a fairly big money commitment, so I need to be sure I’m ready and wanting to move forward with this.
That brings me to my next question: Where does one buy a spinning wheel? Also, how do you know if you’ve found a good wheel? I don’t know the first thing about these devices. What’s the average cost of one?
Oh, dear. I’m afraid I’m just bursting with questions at this point. I’m sticking with my spindle for now, but I’m so very curious about the wheels. Any advice/information anyone can send my way is immensely appreciated.
Have a great weekend!