I've always wanted to try a Russian-style supported spindle, so I decided after the holidays to splurge on a beautiful handmade one that I saw on Etsy. Here's how it felt to use compared to my usual spinning tools.
I decided this past fall that I really wanted to knit a cowl, and I knew exactly what kind of yarn I wanted. I considered buying the yarn to satisfy my instant gratification, until I realized that I had all the materials right at home to make exactly the yarn I wanted. So I really had no excuse but to get spinning.
I've been wanting to combine some of Silverton's alpaca fleece with purple-dyed merino for a while now, so this past weekend I threw some merino into the dye pot and decided to do a small bit of test yarn, from carding to spinning to washing and fulling.
Whenever I've spoken to anyone in the military, they all seem to agree on one thing: never underestimate the importance of a pair of clean, dry socks. According to more than one former soldier I've spoken to, it's often the single most important item in your pack.
I'd say that a pair of handknit socks is one step better. (Maybe not for soldiers, but for the rest of us.) When you slip on a pair of handknit socks, it's like putting on the coziest, most comfy sweater you own. For your feet.
There are two types of spinning projects: intentional ones, where you plan the yarn from the start, and "see what you get" spinning, where you just need a spinning project, and you'll figure out what you'll do with it later.