There are probably other knitting friends to blame as well, but Elizabeth is definitely front and center for this one! She convinced me that even though I can't spring for the wheel right now, it's no reason not to try my hand at a spindle. So, here goes! I purchased this kit from the Woolery (fastest shipping ever!), and it came with three lovely shades of wool to try (slate blue/gray, burgundy and navy).
This, however, is nobody's fault, but my own.