I am not a very good spinner, and am lousy at maintaining my wheel. When it comes down to it, I often enjoy knitting more with commercial yarns. Consistent tension and drawing are not my aptitudes. However, I love the process of holding the fiber and drawing it out.
I don't often use my drop spindles, but I have a few of them. I really am fond of my Turkish spindle. I LOVE that is makes a center pull ball as I wind on. Mine was crafted by Ed Jenkins. Beautiful wood and well balanced.
Matching a project to handspun or more precisely spinning enough for a particular project is also not my forte. I can't see myself ever spinning enough for a sweater. I'd rather just spin, and then do a top down shawl or somesuch, and hope I have enough for a lace edge. I got lucky with my spring shawl.
I may have helped to alleviate this challenge with some Navaho churro roving, because I have so much of it. My friend Cassie and her husband Kurt have a farm called Little Creek Plantation in Brunson SC, and keep churros. Son R and I visited a couple of years ago. Here's a photo in her barn
and here's a photo of Cassie that I love; she's giving some poor sheep a dose of antibiotic
About two years ago I bought a whole sheep's worth of fleece, it's lovely creamy yellowy white. Somewhere I have the name of the ewes whose fleece this is. I have alot, and I do mean alot of it. So, if I persist, I should have enough to do something and finish it, including lace edge. The photo below is one of maybe 5 large balls of roving that I have.
I have spun some on the wheel, but this month I started some using my Turkish spindle. It's not the softest type of fleece, but maybe it's lack of slippery quality makes it a little easier to control.
Here's a little ball on the spindle
And here it is with the spindle taken apart and the ball slipped off. It's so clever.