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I love spindle spinning - hope you enjoy it too
I'm using Respect the Spindle. I suspect that I will stay with the spindle. I don't really have space for a wheel, and also suspect that I physically need more variety in posture than a wheel would allow.
The Alden Amos book is one of the first ones I got when I started spinning, but I would not recommend it to a new spinner. It contains a lot of information, and can easily overwhelm a newbie. (Imagine trying to get a drink of water from Niagara Falls and you'll get the picture.)
I saw those too. I tend to regard those as toys for people with lots of money to spend who want a space-saving wheel but are too lazy to fold up a travel wheel. And as a price comparison, I got my Louet S10 at Rhinebeck a couple of years ago. The wheel and the skeinwinder cost me $450 -- not much more than half what the electric gizmo cost, and it folds up almost flat with only a little bother, if you're so inclined.
* They're available from Webs, among other places.
The spindle I'm using is rather cute- it has two sticks that cross through the shaft with balls on the ends. The balls can unscrew to pull the sticks out, but so far I have wound the spun yarn off the spindle. This afternoon my husband filed notches down the sides of a wooden box to hold the spindle to unwind. He held the spindle for me last night while I unwound it, but I don't think he wants to do that every day. It has a plain wooden shaft - no hook or groove, but I finid that my hitches hold fairly well until the spindle is quite full, anyway.
I can see that I will have to start a collection, though. Someone in Austria is making replicas of prehistoric and ancient whorls. I think I need some of those. http://www.glasperlen-repliken.at/spinnwirteln-01.html
I've long convinced myself that I shouldn't get into spinning because I have no room for a wheel, but maybe I should give spindle spinning another try (I was hopeless the last time I tried it!)
On second thought, maybe I should try to finish some of the other things I have in progress before starting in on another fiber addiction.
I love that blue whorl in that second photo. Is that a supported spindle? So far I've been using drop spindles (mostly top-whorl) and my wheel, but supported spindles is something I'd really like to learn to use.
Actually, it is the ceramic ones I have my eye on. I wonder when we will need to take an outing to Burgenland.
Let's see. I didn't think to weigh it until I had been spinning for some time. Right now it weighs 28g, but I would guess that at least a third of that is yarn. It somehow feel more alive than my other one, even just in my hand, and certainly when spinning - it makes the yarn thrum a bit in my hand. I think I am spinning faster with this one. The other one starts fast enough, but then slows down and stops before slowly starting to spin in the other direction. This one stays fast until it hesitates for a moment and then starts spinning in the other direction gathering speed very quickly. This means that I have to be very aware of how it is spinning, but unless I miss and have to make up for the unspinning, I can draft as fast as I want, and don't have to wait to get enough spin into the yarn. I think a lot of the difference is probably that this has most of the weight in the centre, and the other one more to the outside.
I'm curious as to how much yarn I can get onto the spindle before I have to stop and wind it off. Last night I was with my husband at a Christmas market he is selling at, and I ended up with my old spindle very full by the end of the evening. But now I can have two spindles and two types of wool with me. Bet I end up with two full spindles tomorrow - a lot of time sitting around.
By the way, you see two spindles on my profile picture. The big one is home-made from a wooden wheel and a dowel. It is slow and heavy, but holds a lot, and I like it for plying. (I use it supported on the floor.) The spindle next to it with the tan wool on it is the one I have been using so far.
I have a Kromski Minstrel at home right now - on loan until mine comes. (Castle-type wheel, double treadle; Amos would not approve.) I still love my spindles (the star-shaped ceramic one in the picture on the link above is my favourite). One place I really agree with Amos is that a wheel is much better than a spindle for plying.
I've been spinning for about 6 years now. Started off on a drop spindle but I've had my majacraft wheel for 5 years and I love it!
I made thrummed mittens for my youngest son for Christmas (finished on the 24th), and now have a few more people who would like them, so I'm still making the same 2-ply Manx Loughton yarn for that.
But I did finish the vest for my husband, and therefore have stopped production of 3-ply Jacobs. Lovely wool! but I'm a bit tired of it.
They feel lovely inside, but I don't like wearing glovevs or mittens, so I don't think I'll make myself a pair.
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