Happy Endings


I felt this little guy deserved a post of its own. 🙂

I had been wanting a new spindle for quite some time. But, I hadn’t found one that really got me. After collecting 17 spindles (at my last count), I still have a wish list for spindles…I want a moosie, a Silver Lace spindle by Golding, something by Malcolm Fielding, and a Jenkins Turkish Spindle too. It’s always nice to have something out there to look forward to someday. But this time, I was attracted to this little guy.

I got a Bosworth mini flame box elder with bloodwood shaft top whorl spindle. Out of all the spindles I saw yesterday that were within the price range I intended to spend yesterday, this was the one that “spoke” to me. It’s got soul and a little bit of fire too, I think.


The streaks of red in the wood of the whorl are thought to be due to injuries by boxelder bugs.  Since I’m not a scientific-type, I can’t say how true that is or not. But I can say that the “wounds” do tend to make the wood that much more beautiful to me.  The red shaft just made this a perfect fit for me right now.

I had to get some fluff to spin on this immediately, and at a Sheep and Wool Festival, I was bound to find something appropriate, lol.


Laurel found me a bin full of small lengths of colored roving for a couple bucks each. So, I found some that I thought would work.  They were really easy to put into bird’s nests.


Since I had a little extra time today, I decided to show you guys how I learned how to make a bird’s nests…I’m thinking I started making these when I was learning to make combed top with mini-combs…but I can’t be sure.


I start by wrapping the fiber around my first two fingers a couple times.  Depending on the length, you can do this multiple times.


Then, I wrap it another couple times around those fingers and the third finger.  Again, the number of times you wrap it depends on the length you’re wrapping.


If I still have length left, I add the last finger and wrap around all of the fingers until I get to the end of the length.  These weren’t really that long to have to do that.


Lastly, I tuck the tale up into the center from the bottom.

Once I’m ready to use it, I can just pull out the start from the center at the top of the nest, give it a quick snap so the length falls out again and start spinning.



I love making nests because they’re compact, easy to work with and highly photogenic. 🙂


This spin was done in no time.  There’s a sweet, little skein.


Who’d have thought this wounded soul of a spindle could produce such a cute, little skein, huh? It’s obviously got talent, strength and beauty.

I love this spindle.


  1. Pretty spindle! I didn’t know about those cute little fiber nests; great tip!

  2. That’s such a cute spindle! You’re right the “wounds” do add to it’s appeal.

  3. All of your fibers are so photogenic! Lovely colors and textures.

  4. Such beautiful and functional finds! Glad you had a nice time.

  5. I have no idea of how to spindle but it does look like a fascinating things to do. Thanks for sharing

  6. Maria Torres says:

    OMG, I bought the same spindle at the MDSW festival on Saturday. It is a lovely spindle. I am not a spinner but I intend on learing. Love the yarn and thanks for tutorial.

    • Did you? What was the weight of yours? I’m thinking mine is pretty light. It took a minute to get used to. But I like it. I’d like another one in a midi too. But I had a midi already, so I went with a mini this time…

  7. Very pretty spindle, and a very pretty yarn.

  8. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful photos and the ‘nest’ tip. I have experimented with spindles but not enough to get proficient. You inspire me!

  9. caityrosey says:

    That certainly is an attractive looking spindle. how does the thicker, bowl-shaped whorl affect the way it spins?

    • The whorls on the Bosworth spindles are all the same. I own two so far…and I want to own a moosie. They look the same except for the difference in wood and size of the whorl. At the festival, I got to try a few more at one time though. They all spin very well from what I’ve tested myself. Not wobbly and very smooth spin. I suppose that could change depending on how you spin it? I mean if you completely freak up how you spin it, it could wobble, I guess. But it’d have to be user error. I did check on a rumor that I had heard about that spindle makers add a little metal into the bottom of the spindle if it doesn’t spin just so when the whorl is finished. It looks like a little circle on the bottom. I did see it on some of the bottom of a few of the whorls there. So, they are sure to make them have just the right weight. Such a science!

  10. This is such wonderful fluff!!! Thank you for showing how you make this little “nests” – I usually tear parts of the fiber off the whole lot and spin them accordingly. But then, I have only spun unicoloured fibre so far. 😉

    • Thanks, Julia! That’s how I spin too. But, I put them in nests for when they’re waiting and I have to transport them to spin. Either that or braids.

      Thanks for reading too. 🙂

  11. Thanks for the instructions for the nest.


  1. […] on this spindle is Kamphi Rosewood. It’s slightly less red than the Bloodwood shaft on my last Bosworth from […]

  2. […] the opened batt and started predrafting it until I got a very long type of roving, which I then wrapped into a bird nest. Some people are skilled enough to rip a section, roll it like a rolag and spin from that, but I am […]

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