Honestly, I blame my cousin.
We went to Rhinebeck in October--my first time there!--and she was all, oh, do you want to learn to spin? Super casually, of course. DESPITE KNOWING IT WAS LIKE CRACK.
One spindle and two bumps of hand dyed blue faced leicester later, she showed me how to begin with a leader, give the spindle a good solid twirl and then park it between my knees and draft out the fiber. Addicted.
My very first handspun, wildly uneven but pretty! It took me a while to decide what to make out of it. A while and 4 oz of green BFL top, a membership in the Spunky Eclectic fiber club, and a stack of hand dyed silk hankies later....
And now, I'm spending lunch looking at Golding ring spindles, rim weighted with brass and metals and with amazing carvings on the whorls. Would you LOOK at these amazing things? Who wouldn't want one?
Yeah, I'm going to wind up with at least one. Any bets on how long before I get a wheel?