Monday, September 25, 2006

You Spin Me Right Round Baby

I have no idea why songs seem to pop into my head everytime I title an entry. Oh well.

Right now I have 3 drop spindles. The first one I ever got, I bought on eBay as a kit, with some simple instructions and a bit of wool to start with. It's a fairly unique bottom whorl spindle. The whorl is actually a knot from a tree that was in a forest fire (i.e. eco-friendly harvest of wood). It has a simple geometric design woodburned into the top and a little heard on the bottom. It is not my favorite, preferring a top whorl, but I had no idea when I bought it. The craftsmanship is nice though and I do use it. Here's a pic:

And the top:

Next is a fairly nice top whorl spindle. Its a little more refined in craftsmanship than the previous or next one, but I'm not fond of either the finish or the weight. The pretty stain that was applied to it has left it with a permanent sticky feel. Nothing that transfers to the yarn, but I just don't like how it feels in my hand. It also feels a little too light weight to me. The hook on the top is a cup hood, and just a day ago, the little metal shield part finally came loose and I removed it. Here's a pic:

And finally, here is my favorite. This is the spindle that I made myself. Now, its not my favorite just because I made it. Honest! I like it because it has a bit more heft to it than the others and it is smoother than the "sticky" one. I do have plans to finish it, but I'm going to us a polystain blend, to do both steps in one. I'm also toying with the idea of tapering the bottom to a dull point so it can spin like a top on the floor or in a bowl. If I am satisfied with the final outcome and performance, I'm going to make a few more and try selling them on eBay. I don't expect to get rich, but with 7 kids every little bit helps. Here is my handiwork:

So, there you have it. I have a few yarns waiting to have the twist set right now and kids eating breakfast, so its time to run. Thanks again for joining me today.

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