I had to call in the big dogs on this one.
This past week, I was determined to finish up this spin. The problem was, the spindle wasn't going to take anymore singles unless I added more of a belly like I usually do. But, then it wouldn't fit into the water bottle. So I called in some extra troops.
Someone asked me recently did I prefer a bottom whorl or a top whorl. Honestly, I like spinning on either. I did, however, note that the top whorls tend to be more ornate than bottom whorls usually are, and I'm a sucker for eye candy. But, I decided to really put that to the test here to see if there really was a preference that could be developed for spinning. I found that, for me, I can spin a high whorl faster because I can thigh roll it a little better (at least until it gets full) whereas I usually twirl or flick a bottom whorl with my index and middle fingers and my thumb (kind of like a snap) from the bit of shaft that sticks out the bottom of the whorl. Thigh rolling does work with a bottom whorl and a long shaft. But, it seems for me it doesn't go as fast. It may be the friction caused by the strand that has to lead back up to the top of the shaft…maybe. I can spin a top whorl from the bottom of the shaft the same way, but it doesn't spin that way as fast as a bottom whorl will with that method when I do it.
I decided to ply this on a bottom whorl as well. Just for kicks.
Now, when I look at a bottom whorl like this Turkish spindle, I have to throw that “ornate” argument right out the window! Bottom whorls can be just as pretty (batting my eye lashes at this one :) ).
However, I do think I would have finished the plying much faster had I used a top whorl. This took not one, not two, but three nights! Unbelievable. I started Friday night and ended it up on Sunday night. No breaks except for sleeping at night, cooking and eating food, washing up, etc. Crazy! I had to take back every bad word I said about Netflix this past year! The movies were my saving grace this time around. Of course, the heavier the spindle got, the slower it spun. I do think though that that tendency can be used to my advantage should I ever want to do more micro-managing of the yarn at a slower pace. But I just wanted to get this done!!
The views were nice though. Can't beat the kaleidoscopic/trippy designs that form on a Turkish spindle! :)
Finally, sometime around the end of Sunday, I had yarn.
Yes. I now have a skein of brand-spanking new, freshly handspun yarn…which, of course, is much preferred. :)