New Toys

We had a spinning guild meeting not too long ago.  Window shopping at our vendors left me wanting a support spindle in a bad way.  I searched around etsy and artfire for a little bit before finding Pumpkin Hill Farm’s Russian spindles.  They had a beautiful padauk spindle made locally.

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Now I just have to learn how to use it. Supported spindles rely heavily on long draw, which has never been my forte. I also have to get my muscles used to the new potion.

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I finally finished the first half of some really bright merino supper wash roving from Play at Life Fiber Arts. I needed to get it off my Two Tails Spindle before the Tour de Fleece starts.

I droped it the other day and the cop slid down revealing the pretty layers of color.

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I rewound it onto a bobbin from one of my wheels. I put the bobbin onto my louet and put the drive band over the whorl on the bobbin (its from my double drive wheel) Then I tried letting the spindle sit gently on my hands, but found that winding the singles on as if I was going to Andean ply works much better. Since the cop is not evenly wound the spindle needs to constantly rotate at different speeds in the first method making it a bit awkward, especially when you get towards the end.

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Then I might have borrowed the pretty “new” wheel to ply on. We went outside and I quickly Navajo plied it up. I seriously don’t know how you could Navajo ply on a wheel without a tensioned Kate.

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It looks much nicer now that its had a bath and has dried out… but I’m too lazy to take new pictures.

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