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It looks relatively uncomplicated, yes? Well, let me tell you a little story. I recently went to Rhinebeck, NY. (Yeah, that’s where Chelsea Clinton got married last year.) I attended the annual Sheep and Wool Festival. Sensory overload!! It was a first for me. Gazillions of wool-related things to see, from alpacas to wool and everything in between. Including spinning wheels and fiber. I crochet, I knit and I weave. But, I live in this ever-shrinking apartment and could never even consider a spinning wheel, so “spinning my own yarn” (in that sense, anyway) was off the table. Until Rhinebeck. I was introduced to drop spinning. This technique employs the handy-dandy little gadget pictured above. Basically, you attach the fiber, spin the spindle and watch the fiber twist into yarn. Easier said than done. WAY easier. I expected there to be a learning curve and that the first product might be lumpy in spots and too thin in others. My efforts are nothing short of disastrous. So, now I am in search for a spinning guru. Once I get spinning down, I will have completed the holy trinity of wool: knitting, weaving and spinning, a.k.a. Nirvana! Wish me luck!!