• Recent Posts

  • Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

    Join 315 other followers

  • Creative Commons License

  • Archives

  • Follow Merely a Suggestion on WordPress.com

Spindle Success

I learned to spin on a wheel–actually an 18th c. reproduction at a local history site–

I’m a fair hand at it. I spin by the seat of my pants. No math, no data, just two ply sport and dk weight yarns.

Drop spindles came much later and were a disaster for me. Merike Saarnit took me in hand at a dye workshop and I discover top whorls and bowls for parking. Still clumsy though.

Jet’s talented husband Preston began making spindles. Gorgeous, intricate whorl patterns. Small, “lady-like” spindles. Had to have one. (Mine is one of his simpler ones.)

Bought it; couldn’t spin with it. We all knew it wasn’t the spindle that was the problem.

Enter friend Cat!

She said, “Oh. Change hands. Spin it with your dominant hand and draft with the other.” A-hem! That’s how I do it at the wheel. Duh.
She said, “Park and drive.”
I said, “Park and draft.”
She said, “Whatever.”

Result–Sock and lace weight singles. Can ply or can knit energized singles a la Kathryn Alexander.

I love Cat.

Advertisements

3 Responses

  1. “Park and drive” made me think of “Park and ride.”

    Makes me want to get out my (Turkish bottom-whorl) spindle again!

    On second thought, I’m just getting back on speaking terms with my new wheel, so perhaps she’ll come out today in celebration of your new fun.

    Gorgeous spindle, btw! What nice friends to have.

  2. YAY!

  3. My love. Thou hast forsaken me.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: