The Good Drop Spindle
The Ideal Drop Spindle
The drop spindle weight will rely on the kind of yarn you need to spin, like heavy spindle or heavy yarn. A drop spindle weighing more than 4 ounces, or similar to a medium-sized apple may be too heavy for regular use. The 1/2 ounce drop spindle weighs about the same as a walnut. Experts agree that the right weight is between 1.5 to 2.5 ounces. Balance is very important. The location of the whorl on the shaft will affect the balance of the drop spindle, just like the whorl shape.
Check the bottom-whorl spindle by resting the tip over the right surface and twirling it. Allow the fingers to flick the shaft so that it will spin, then create a circle using your fingers to let the spindle rotate freely, but still keeping its position upright. Check the top-whorl spindle by connecting a short length of yarn to the top of the hook, then give a quick roll to the shaft using your fingers and let the drop spindle begin rotating. Spin the drop spindle a number of times. Observe the drop spindle if it rotates freely, appears sluggish, wobbles frequently, easy to twirl or grasp or spin unusual.
Pick the material that you can spin like raw material, fiber and wool. Puff refers to the quality of the first fiber that is ideal for spinning. There are several ways and reasons why you should prepare your own fiber. Using prepared fiber, you can spin immediately. Choose medium-grade wool in batt or roving/top form. The fiber should ideally hang well when you hold it slowly. It should also include some air inside, like puff. Choose the best color, dyed or natural, then separate a piece of the fiber by pulling it free. The best segment measures around 4 to 6 inches and .5 inch wide.
Fiber converts into yarn by twisting motion. Fully untwisted fiber will pull apart quickly. Twisted fiber or yarn is very strong and does not easily pull apart. The twist stems from the spindle and the conversion happens between the hands. Drafting is done to let the fibers slide past one another and then allowing the twist to catch. The size of the yarn is dependent on the amount of fiber caught by the twist. When you begin to spin, the goal is to focus on the fiber between your hands. This is the fiber that will eventually turn to yarn.
The Best Source
When looking for the right raw materials, you should compare sources first. If you intend to order things online, make sure you check the background of the dealer then determine the method of payment and delivery.