You may have noticed that one of my vacation goals is to practice spindle spinning. I’ve actually been practicing with the spindle since I came home from New Hampshire Sheep & Wool.
Turns out, I don’t hate spinning on a spindle, I just wasn’t using the right spindle for me. See, I bought two spindles back in October 2005. One was a Bosworth and one was pretty. I can’t remember who made the pretty one but I liked the wood so I bought it. And I tried to learn spinning on the pretty spindle and I couldn’t do it. So I gave up spinning with the spindle. I never even tried the Bosworth. You know the rest of this story – the next day I went out and bought a wheel and I didn’t touch the spindles again.
And all this time I thought I couldn’t spin on a spindle. I felt kind of pathetic about that, frankly, and I came home from New Hampshire Sheep & Wool with a fresh spindling lesson from Marcy and a determination to really get some skills with the spindle. When I picked up those silk hankies I decided to give the Bosworth spindle a shot. And guess what? My spindling problems weren’t all about me they were also about the spindle I was using. That pretty spindle? It spins like crap. The Bosworth, though? Now that’s a spindle that you can learn to spin with. Can I get a woo? And also a hoo?
Of course, this story doesn’t end here. Once I discovered that I could spin on a spindle, well, I wanted more spindles. I went to that wool thing in Rhode Island and I bought a very nice and rather light weight spindle that was made by Cathy. Cindy actually helped me pick it out. The stone is Jasper and the shaft is maple. It’s very pretty and it spins pretty well.
Then I read a Kirsten’s blog post about her search for the perfect spindle. The next thing I knew I had emailed Steve and he had emailed me and we had decided on a design and wood to be used and lo and behold, I have another spindle.
Isn’t it gorgeous? Oh yeah, babe. Steve is fabulous to work with and really wants to have happy spinners spinning with his spindles. He had a couple of these square ones and I couldn’t decide which one I liked best so he custom made this one for me. The whorl is Birds Eye Maple and the shaft is Purpleheart and it spins and spins and spins. I think I’m in love.
Too bad I didn’t discover this love of spindles before I bought all those spinning wheels. I probably could have saved a lot money.