What spindle do you recommend for a beginner looking to spin thicker yarn?

The most inexpensive starter spindle would be a toy wheel spindle kit (http://www.thebellwether.com/spindlekits.html), in the large whorl this weighs 1.6 ounces.

For thicker wool, you want a spindle that is at least 1.5 ounces, on up to 2 ounces or possibly even a little over 2 ounces. Since you put the kit together yourself, you can pick to make it top or bottom whorl as you prefer.

If you would like a nicely turned spindle, the least expensive of those is the Cascade Little Si (http://www.thebellwether.com/cascade.html) or the Kundert solid wood whorl (http://www.thebellwether.com/kunspin.html), both top whorl spindles.

Again, you'd want to check the weight is 1.5 ounces or more; the Little Si ranges from 1.0 to 1.5 ounces, the Kunderts from about 1.1 to about 1.6 ounces in solid wood whorls.

The all-around best spinning spindles are the Tabacheks and the Bosworths; they cost more, but they are the type of spindle that you will return to over and over, as a really wonderful spinner.

To have a thicker yarn, you would want a Tabachek Deluxe or Plying spindle (http://www.thebellwether.com/tatosp.html), as those sizes are usually over 1.5 ounces.

Bosworth Spindles (http://www.thebellwether.com/bosworth.html) also come in a variety of sizes; the Midi or the Large both can run to over 1.5 ounces (over 42 grams).

If your interest runs to a bottom whorl spindle, the all-around best one I've run across is the Jenkins Turkish (http://www.thebellwether.com/jetusp.html). They tend to run fairly heavy, so they are great for thicker spinning.

And I also have one remaining Halla Spindle (http://www.thebellwether
.com/hallaspindles.html) that is a bottom whorl. Hers are polymer clay, molded and hand-painted, and are lovely spinners. They weigh in at about 1.5 ounces, making them good beginner spindles and also good spinning for thicker wool.

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