I Love Cops!


Only two more lengths to spin!

Today, I got to spin down to the last two lengths between laundry loads and I will probably be done this spin tonight before bed. But, I noticed the cop was smaller compared to the size I remember the other spindle being at this point. So, I took them out to compare.

It's just important for spinning on-the-go to know just how much I can pack on these things. As a self-confessed bag lady, I might get stranded somewhere on an island with just my spindle and some fluff. It.has.to.be.able.to.fit!

Once upon a time, a spinner suggested I try the football-shaped cop to wind my cop as she could pack more onto her spindle that way. Well, there's only one other thing that is important for my cop-winding…Turns out as long as the cop looks good, I don't mind it either way. πŸ™‚ But, it seems I am packing on more with the regular coned-shaped cop.

It just seems like it's more compact given the way I wound these. With only two lengths left to go, all of that fluff is going to easily fit on this spindle. On the first spindle, I wasn't quite so sure. Not to say I won't wind a football shape again because it's just good-looking to me, lol. But, I think I will try to experiment with how to tighten the cop in that form next time.

But aren't they cute? πŸ˜‰

Hoping by this time tomorrow I will have some new handspun to play with!


  1. Because I’m not a spinner, I have not a clue as to what you’re really talking about, but what I do know is this: Those fibers are absolutely gorgeous and whenever you get finished, whatever you make is going to be totally amazing!

    • Thanks, Libby! I’m a little late because it has been a mad house around here…So much to do, so little time. But it all must be done. πŸ™‚ I hope the little bag I’m making comes out nicely. We shall see!

  2. That’s wonderful! Is there a tutorial/ description of how to wind the yarn that way?

  3. I*m in awe of the amount of fiber you can pack on those little beauties. I pretty much have to give up when cop weighs only little more than the spindle itself. (Libby, the cop is the bundle of wound up yarn on the stick thing!)

    • Thanks for explaining that, Pia! It has taken me a while to get to these comments this time around…and laundry, lol! But, yes!! Those little tsunamis are outstanding at packing on fiber. But I suppose any spindle can do that? They’re just so tiny! It always surprises me, lol. Check this out if you have a chance:

      • That’s massive. I wonder if it makes a difference what fiber length you’re spinning when you go THAT big. Short merino would have a harder time holding the weight in the thread, whereas longwools or silk would not break as easily?

  4. I ALSO can’t wait to see the finished yarn in those colours, btw.

  5. And here I thought you’d been busted by a cop for knitting or spinning while driving … and that the cop was a fellow fiber enthusiast who let you off with a warning.

    • ROFL! You are hilarious, Laurel! I have been stopped once and let off by a cop before for speeding trying to get to my kid after school…but I think if I had pulled out a spindle instead of my license and registration, he might have taken me in–for a brain scan, lol!

  6. I’m also not a spinner but I must agree that fiber is gorgeous.

  7. Is one shape more likely to get your spindle out of balance than the other?

  8. Oh what a yummy colorway that is. And both cops are lovely. Can’t wait to see the finished yarn! Are you done yet?
    How about now?

  9. You keep coming up with these lovely colours….I wish I have these colours to knit with! By the way, I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award on my blog =)

    • Oh, it’s really not me! The designer of the dye job is Sosae Caetano. I think the inspiration usually comes from nature…Many of her colorways tend to have garden themes…or subjects you would find walking around outdoors or in nature. Very natural, organic sense of color.
      I’m editing my page and I didn’t see this the first time, but I wanted to say, thanks for the nomination!! πŸ™‚

  10. I’ve no idea about spinning but those colours are gorgeous!

  11. I am intrigued by the way you wind your yarn! I’ve never seen the football shape! I’ll ask about it at my next spinning class!


    I love your colours what dyes do you use

    • This is dyed by Sosae Caetano, one of my favorite fiber artists. You can see her site at sosaecaetano.com
      Not sure what kinds of dyes she is using. But, I agree, they are lovely.

      • Marlene Toerien says:

        Thanks for letting me know, I live in South Africa so we are a very small group of spinners and don’t have that many people selling dyed cops or sliver.


  1. […] little more fun, a little less time consuming. Β Every spin is different, I suppose. Β And though I have discussed cops before, I’m still learning more about them on this spin […]

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