Wow! Haven’t seen this guy in a while…
I order a lot of stuff to try out on etsy because there’s such a large number of competitive sellers to choose from. A little while back when I ordered that fluff to process, I ordered from The Joyful Sheep. Like many other etsy sellers, she added an extra little fibery goodie in her shipment (I love that!). So, I figured I’d use the sample to take another crack at support spindling. As you can see above, support spindles usually have a bowl or are meant to be spun on some other surface. Hence, the term, “support.” This is a Tibetan spindle and bowl handcrafted by Enid Ashcroft, another etsy seller (love her stuff!).
Let me say, support spindling hasn’t been quite as nice to me as drop spindling. Now, it could be that I’ve got the technique all wrong….But, I figure, it’s producing a singles, so until I can get my hands to learn a better way to do it, if it ain’t broke, I’m not going to try to fix it right away. 🙂 But I have noticed some differences in drop spindling and support spindling that are worth pointing out, I think.
- Again, in support spindling, there’s no gravity really to help you along because the spindle is supported. Well, there’s enough to cause the spindle to drop if you forget to keep holding it or it slips out of your fingers (ask me how I know that). But, for the most part, gravity doesn’t play a huge role. With drop spindle spinning, the weight is helping as you draft to keep that strand forming. As long as the strand is intact and the spindle hasn’t fallen to the ground, your singles is more than likely pretty sound. But in support spindling, you have to draft out and keep it at a pace that won’t force the strand to either break (too much twist) or drift apart (too little twist) as the spindle is spinning. That’s a pretty tough trick to pull off! Which brings me to my next point…
- In support spindling, rather than being able to use both hands to form the singles, I use one to start and keep the spindle in motion and the other to draft out.
It’s really weird!! But I’m beginning to get the hang of it, I think. Every so often, I have to do the equivalent of parking and drafting where I spin the spindle three or four times and then draft out an inch or so (seems this fiber likes three or four twists per inch). And then there are times when I can draft out while the spindle keeps moving. But, one thing is certain. It’s a dance and we’re still learning each other. Although I have to say, I have three support spindles right now and I have tried two so far. This one has been the easiest one to use.
In other news, I’m still working on the fiber prepping. I finished that basketful I showed you in the last post. Some I carded and some I combed. Um….I’m loving the combs!!! I think I still need to work on my carding though.
This time I used a method for carding that I found in Spinning Wool Beyond the Basics by Anne Field. I think it worked out too. Need lots of practice though! Still, somebody’s got to spin this stuff up, right? I’ll let you know how that goes.
One more update…After starting three different baby patterns and not really feeling either one of them, I finally started Harper’s Hood from ravelry with some leftover balls of yarn. Pretty simple. Should be able to get this done after school tomorrow. Then, maybe some baby bootees too. 🙂
So, yeah. Still working on that pesky stash issue, lol! 🙂