Spinners? Am I alone?
I think spinning followed because of my interest in fibers to crochet. I am allergic to so many of the natural fibers and regular yarns out there, all but Alpaca fiber.
Alpaca fiber is so wonderful, it is warmer than wool without the allergens. In fact, when you make wearable articles with Alpaca fiber you need to make sure that the article can breathe. Your pattern needs to leave spaces in the stitch.
I make my own patterns for hats, scarfs and other winter wear. My designs have won awards at shows up here, which made me feel really good.
The spinning wheel I use I built from a kit I sent for from New Zealand. I'm still learning the fine art of spinning.