…..on a spindle, that is.
I learned to spin like many spinners, on a drop spindle. Even from the very first, though, I wanted a wheel. However, I had no money. Then a friend generously gave me her Ashford Traditional (she actually preferred spindles), and the second I sat down with it, spinning on a wheel just felt right. Actually, I miss that wheel– it was a good friend.
And so, for the last few years, I’ve exclusively spun on a wheel, with the exception of a couple of years ago when I wanted to immediately try out some fibre at Stitches West and bought the spindle above. It then sat in one of the cups on my desk that hold miscellaneous pens, brushes, another spindle, a weaving stick, a letter opener….huh. I have a lot of random things in that one, I guess.
Then the Tour de Fleece started, and for some reason, it made me obsessed with spinning again. First, I kicked myself long and hard for giving away all my Spin-Offs a year and a half ago. (they went to a good friend, though, so I know they have a good home.) Then I started really reading the ones I did have, and am now trying to build up my library again. (donations of Spin-Off magazines accepted here…..or offers to sell.) I started really poring over the various spinning forums on Ravelry. Several members of the Pigeonroof Junkies team are amazing spindlers, and after constantly seeing their lovely work, I looked at my spindles, and thought….hmmm. I have a bag of washed amazingly crimpy moorit cormo locks given to me years ago, and although I gave away or sold all my fibre processing tools a while ago, I’ve been teasing apart the locks and spinning them on my smallest, very cute spindle.
Well, it’s actually not that small, relatively speaking. But it’s been fun! Even though it looks like lumpy overspun twine, I’m enjoying it. You never know, there may be more spindles in my future! Even though right now I really want a couple more wheels. (where they would go, I have no idea.)