Kystar wrote:Stormy, PLEASE TELL ME WHERE I CAN FIND A SPINNING WHEEL! I'd LOVE to have one and become a spinning addict too!
Well... there are a lot of different online shops to get a wheel, one of the best, IMO is Copper Moose
- I've dealt with them (now, saddly, just him) and it was always a pleasure - very easy to talk to and have even let some people pay for wheels in two installments. Now, that said...
... I don't use a wheel, I use a drop spindle
Here is my newest, and favorite spindle
I designed it and Tracy of Wooly Designs made it for me - this picture is actually of the prototype and is a one of a kind as the final version was modified to have only three toes on each foot to increase wood strength. You can order one of your own here
I have never tried a wheel because I prefer to be able to simply carry my work around with me where ever I go. I'm sure I'll eventually get a wheel, but honestly, I find them a bit intimidating. In my mind, why make it more complicated than I need to? Plus, drop spindles are much cheaper, come (or can be made) in all sorts of wonderful colors, styles, etc. I'd actually recommend starting out with one before investing in a wheel because who knows? You may not like spinning once you try it - doubtful, but possible
I must post this for any thinking of starting to spin, however...
WARNING: Spinning is highly addictive and is known to lead to the even more serious Fiber Addiction. Once hooked, only intensive counseling coupled with heavy medication and shock treatments will be effective in stopping you from buying more fiber and spinning.
Now, if you are still ready to try it, there is a wonderful group I belong to that is very helpful in answering questions and getting you going - it's on Yahoo groups and is called spindlers.