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Spinning Wheel
Spinning wheels are hardly a new invention, but if you're serious about your craft, you need a nice (read: expensive) one.
Spinning wheels are hardly a new invention, but if you're serious about your craft, you need a nice (read: expensive) one.
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If you really like to knit, you may want to take your hobby to the next level and spin your own wool into yarn. A spinning wheel is great for those who love fiber arts because you can control the thickness and ply of the yarn, and you can also dye it the exact color you want. Spinning can even be considered its own hobby or art form, since it takes time to learn how to do it properly.

Choosing a spinning wheel can be a complex process because you need to know what type of yarn you want to spin, and you also need to take into consideration the amount of space you have in your home. A good spinning wheel will likely set you back at least $200 to $300 dollars, with potential for much more, so do some research before purchasing one.

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