All right, all right.
I'll redo the grafting. I don't want to. (Picture my lower lip sticking out.) But I will. As soon as I'm done knitting the rest of the sweater. Special thanks to Haley and Melissa for directions on grafting garter stitch. I think I get it. If I can untangle my hopeless cast on row, I should be able to fix it. The rest of the sweater is coming along nicely.
I do love that Cotton Fleece. It's such a delight to work with: smooth and soft, with a lovely hand and great stitch definition. And it's really comfortable to wear, especially against the skin. And the yardage is terrific. Almost makes me want to give up my alpaca fetish. Not quite, but almost.
And now a question (or plea, to be more accurate). I know a lot of knitters are also spinners. I read your blogs and drool over your handspun. I've been wanting to learn to spin for a while now, and I've come to the conclusion that it is inevitable. I've made many inquiries but I cannot find anyone locally who can teach me to spin, and no local place where I can try out different spinning wheels (which I'm told is important in choosing a wheel of your own).
So my question--questions--are these:
How did you learn to spin?
What type of wheel(s) do you use, and what do you like/dislike about it/them?
Do you have any advice for someone who's never tried spinning and will have to go it alone, either about choosing a wheel or learning to spin?
I can tell you that, based on my reading and research (and some simply arbitrary decision-making), I am leaning toward an Ashford Traveller (double-treadle, single drive). I'd appreciate any information you'd care to share (especially of the "No, don't touch the fragistat or the chisinflop will explode!" variety), since I'm sort of wallowing in the dark, here. You can leave your advice in comments, or email me (firstname.lastname@example.org). Thanks, all.