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Learning to Spindle Spin yarn for the first time?,
This review is from: Spin it: Making Yarn from Scratch (Paperback)
This is a slim volume from Interweave Press, but it's packed with everything you'll need to get started in spinning.
The book explains the whole process, giving a history of the craft, and starting you off with just a little knowledge and a bit of fleece and using your thigh and fingers to draught the fibre and put in the twist.
This progresses on to using a spindle with an explanation of the various types (there are simple directions to make your own - with 2 cds, a dowel, a rubber grommet and a cup hook), and finally onto plying your handspun yarn. There are also instructions about washing fleece and setting the twist in your yarn, and suggestions for the care and storage of your yarns and fibres. Watch out for alkaline substances and pests such as moths and carpet beetles!
The photos and explanations are very clear. There are also a few patterns in the back using your own handspun yarn. A rabbit backpack made with rabbit fleece (angora), and a crazy hat.
If you don't have anyone to show you the techniques of spinning, then this is the next best thing. But beware, it can be very addictive and 'Stash' enhancing.........