I went to my first Chimneyville Weavers and Spinners Guild meeting a few years ago and a member taught me how to spindle spin after that meeting. It started a real love affair. I have over a dozen spindles of varying types, weights and characteristics.
My friend Lisa borrowed the guild wheel over the summer but got frustrated when it would not work. She brought it to me and I figured out what was wrong, it was out of alignment and the e-clip was missing. I fixed it up and taught myself how to spin on a wheel. This was my first wheel spun yarn. The roving was affectionately nicknamed "Muppet Guts" and later I used this very yarn to knit a pair of socks that my husband commandeered.
At the next meeting I attended after the summer break, I bought a Reeve's 30" Saxony Production wheel from a fellow guild member. Well, I brought it home and my loving husband actually paid for it.
I finally found a place online that could make me extra bobbins for the Reeves and they also had a tensioned lazy kate.
Then I bought a Double Drive Double Treadle Ashford Traveller from a member of the Spindlers Yahoo Group. It came with oodles of bobbins and a bulky flyer attachment. I am still looking for a Lace Flyer for this wheel.
Then there was the Wee Peggy that I bought from a lovely lady in Hattiesburg who can no longer spin.
And finally, an Ashford Traditional, single treadle, single drive with scotch tension.
Some of the yarns I have spun along the way:
Other spinning equipment:
Sometimes you just have to card...and card...and card.
And a little bit of a peek into my spinning stash...