See, when I first started spinning, I tried the ‘normal’ way, drafting as the spindle spun. But I just can’t do that, and it has nothing to do with coordination or lack of practice; I physically cannot spin normal. I’ve had messed-up joints for as long as I remember; they slide in and out of place at the drop of the hat. I can be walking down a flight of stairs and my hip or knee will make an audible *pop* and if I’m not hanging on to the bannister, I may fall. My ankles click with every step; they don’t even hurt, really (although the knees and hips do…quite badly, actually). But my hands… when I tried to spin normal, my fingers popped in and out with each attempted draft, and it hurt in a way I find difficult to describe. But I wanted to spin, so I improvised, and now I pre-draft everything but the absolute shortest staple lengths (which I carefully– and extremely slowly, over a long span of time– spin the ‘normal’ way). I didn’t realize until later that that was such a universally hated method among the spinning community until I started getting semi-good at it. Apparently I’m not a ‘real’ spinner.
Sue me, then.
Have some cows while you’re at it. (My sister took some pictures at a fair and sent them to me. Farm animals… 🙂 )
As far as I’m concerned, if I’m making yarn, then I’m a real spinner. I’m not suggesting everyone spins the same way I do (it’s not very efficient), but I see no point in being a jerk to people who spin ‘different’, either.
Just my four cents.