K and I took a class called "Exploring Simple Spinning" where we used a homemade drop spindle made with a dowel and an old compact disc when we first arrived. We spun absolutely nothing with it. The thing was useless, or we were, I wasn't sure which. But I had a good idea of what kind of spindle I wanted (high whorl, 2 oz. or so, rim-weighted and notched) and I sent D and K off to the sheepdog demonstration while I searched for my spindle.
After nearly giving up hope and purchasing the wrong (oh so wrong) spindle in desperation, I asked at yet another roving vendor's booth where I might find a spindle to spin their fiber, and was directed to Golding Fiber Tools in the Main Exhibition Hall. There I found this beauty:
|See the little sheep faces carved into the whorl?|
|They tell me I won't be able to spin yarn this interesting looking once I get better at spinning!|
I'm looking forward to finishing my first ball of yarn, learning how to ply, and seeing if I can knit with what I've made.