All the Fluff
I started spinning a little bit, a few years ago, but it never became a habit. I eventually destroyed my old spindle, but I kept coming across my fiber stash. I used up a fair amount of it when I made my “Thrums of Doom” mittens.
but I still have a fair amount of alpaca fiber and jacob/alpaca blended fiber left over. Every so often I’ve thought about starting it up again, but I was worried about destroying another spindle. I really do tend to do better with keeping ‘nice things’ than I do with ‘perfectly servicable’ ones. But still, start up costs for (essentially) a new craft are high, and hard to justify. Every so often I’d look.
Oh, my, the pretty!
A while ago I happened upon Alphyn Trading on Etsy. Seeing all the pretty things in this shop got me thinking (semi) seriously about spinning again.
OK, the spindle is pretty enough with my inexpert product picture, but just take a look at it in decent light (photo below downloaded from the shop)
She had it listed as “Agate Geode Slice Sandalwood”. Visit her shop for a lot of gorgeous and amazingly well priced spindles. Many of them are under $20. She has top whorl, bottom whorl and supported spindles for sale.
My skills are not good enough to really know a ‘good’ spindle from the action, but with the minimal experience I had (from a few years back) I was able to produce reasonably fine and even singles in no time. That’s even with the visible irregularities of the whorl, it’s balanced very well.
If you’re at all curious about spinning this shop is more than worth checking out.
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I entered a “Name the Pattern” contest for Michelle’s Assortment (6 December). The prize is a copy of the pattern in question.