As I have been spending a chunk of my summer vacation catching up on craft podcasts and finding new podcasts, I have noticed that spinning fiber is super popular right now. Of course, this may be because knitting, which tends to dominate the world of crafting podcasts, relates to spinning since knitters can make their own yarn from fiber that they buy, which I have learned is referred to “roving.” I sure as heck do not need another craft to spend my time and money on, but I have to admit that I am very curious and spinning looks pretty dang cool.
As I watch video podcasts and listen to audio podcasts that talk about knitting and spinning, I have realized that there is all kinds of terminology involved that I am not familiar with. Many of the folks doing these shows seem to assume I know too, so I went over to YouTube to find some spinning basics. Below is one video that shows how to use a basic drop spindle.
Here are some links to a few other spinning videos that I found helpful:
Hand Spindles – This video shows the different types of hand spindles available and also briefly shows how to use some of them.
Drafting Wool – In this video, Megan LaCore shows how to prepare fiber for spinning.
Finishing Yarn – Again, Megan is back showing how to take the yarn you spun and prepare it so you can knit or crochet with it.
Alpaca Direct – This is really an ad, but there is some good basic info in this about the fiber that I found helpful.