Posts Tagged ‘drop spindle’

I love spindling fiber

Spinning really is miraculous and wonderful.  Almost like magic.  And when I tried for the first time, I think I probably thought it was magic because it’s hard when you learn, but once you catch on, it’s so simple.  I am also really interested in simple tools that can do so much and have been used for so long through time.  They cross cultural, gender and time boundaries.  The drop spindle is just one and I am happy to have discovered it once again.  You know, they say that because our ancestors worked with these tool, sometime our fingers instinctively know how to do things or how they might prefer to do them.  Like knitting Continental style versus English style, or drafting with your right hand or your left.  There isn’t a right way, just what works for different people.  For me, I knit Continental and I really want to learn how to knit English so I can do two colors at once, but I haven’t quite got it yet.  With spindling I hold the fiber in my right hand or around my right wrist and hold the twist with my left.  I don’t know if that is more of a right-handed way to do it or left….  Anyway, I am in love with fiber.  I want to try to spindle anything I can get ahold of.  If I could get my cat Spike to sit still, I’d spin his hair too.

Spike is the darker one.  His hair is soooo long!

Spike is the darker one. His hair is soooo long!

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So it’s been a while, but I have a new hobby!

And of course a new hobby and craft is definitely worth a blog post.  I have rediscovered drop spindle spinning.  I tried a couple of years ago, but between my trying to learn, making my own drop spindle, dying the fiber I wanted to spin and felting it a bit, it didn’t go well.  I think I actually got the hang of it a little, but it wasn’t fun.  At least not at that point.

But now the Topeka Farmer’s Market just started up and the Spinster’s club has a booth selling fiber, yarn, hand made drop spindles on a wood lathe, and it has real people spinning at the table.  Yay for Marilyn!!  I was completely inspired.  So I treated myself to some local alpaca fiber from their table, but when I went home I dug out the wool fiber I had dyed… 2 years ago and decided I had to learn on that since it was going to be funky as a beginner.  Then I would work on the alpaca after I’d gotten a little better.  That was some serious incentive because I have been spindling ever since!!

 Spinning is seriously addictive.  I think I’ve heard that before and now I know it is true.  I love the simplicity of the drop spindle.  I’m very interested in traditional knitting, spinning and crochet tools.  Anyway, I’ll just post more pictures of what I’ve done this week now.  =)  Yay for spindling!!!

Dyed wool spindled as my beginner project.

Dyed wool spindled as my beginner project.

 

Dyed, spindled yarn in skeins.

Dyed, spindled yarn in skeins.

Plying alpaca fiber into 2 ply.

Plying alpaca fiber into 2 ply.

Brown and white alpaca spun and plied into yarn!

Brown and white alpaca spun and plied into yarn!

Brown and black alpaca fiber, partially spun.

Brown and black alpaca fiber, partially spun.