Can you be distracted?
Apparently, I can. In addition to illness (all three kids), school programs, holidays, and my lame attempts at using a drop spindle in the midst of all those things, I also worked at the store. Yesterday was the first day of the annual After-Thanksgiving sale, so naturally, I had to buy some yarn (and this is the extent of my purchases):
Drop spindles. Okay, why would I use one if I know I am going to buy a wheel? (I'm asking this not with impertinence or impudence, but out of genuine curiousity). A local spinner, Sissy B., recommended a Kromski Minstrel and Kristin has one too. My goal isn't to be a perfect spinner, but a productive one. I'm most likely to spin at home in half-hour to one-hour intervals (sometimes more) and I just want to make good use of that time. I realize that I have a a LOT to learn, but I want to dispense with the drop spindle if I can, and it's not because I'm crappy at it (I am), but rather than shop for (i.e. spend money on) lighter or different drop spindles . . . well, you know the rest. My comments are open for any and all advice from spinners.
Now for the knitting. The gorgeous Shepherd Sock pictured above is for baby hats; specifically -- newborn baby hats for shower gifts and new arrivals. I'm picturing ribbed hats with fat pom-poms. I've already started one and can't wait to make more. I'm making it up as I go along with a generous heap of help from Knitting Rules. Do you have this book yet? You must get it! On page 110, there's a handy chart with typical head sizes. On page 115 are the ingredients and how-to's and some general hat wisdom. What better way to use a skein of a yummy sock yarn?