I realize I haven’t posted anything in two months and I plan on posting more regularly from now on. What I’m most excited about today are my new Turkish drop spindles. To make up for not posting in quite a while I will go into the back story as to why I bought these spindles. Part of the story is really something I should have written about in November, but didn’t.
Dyed Corriedale top
Once upon a time, about 2 months ago, a young woman wanted to spin the 1 oz of dyed silver Corriedale that had recently arrived in the mail. But she had a problem. She only had one spindle and she was (and still is to this day) using it to spin some superwash merino.
Not wanting to wait until the seemingly endless amounts of merino were spun, she decided to make her own spindle out of objects she had around the house. She decided to make a turkish spindle. Partially because she didn’t have anything to use as a whorl and partially because she wanted to try spinning on a turkish spindle before purchasing one.
Homemade Turkish spindle
The young woman managed to find a pencil, some Popsicle stick, and some rubber bands. She assembled her spindle and started spinning. It worked! Her homemade spindle was a little wobbly at first but once a couple grams of fiber had been spun the wobbling stopped.
She spun and spun for a week. Falling more and more in love with her Turkish spindle until she had spun half an ounce. She took the turtle off her spindle and started spinning the other half. By then she already knew that she had found her favourite type of spindle. She could almost imagine haw much more fun it would be to spin on a proper Turkish spindle.
She kept spinning and after another week and a half the second half of the fiber was spun. It was now time to ply the two singles together. The advantage of Turkish spindles was made obvious at this point. The singles had come off the spindle in the form of a center pull ball. She didn’t have to wind the singles off the spindle into a ball or on to an empty toilet paper tube!
131yds fingering weight
Two days later the singles had been plied together and the yarn was finished. The young woman now had 131 yards of fingering weight Corriedale wool and had fallen in love with Turkish spindles. What she loved most was the way the spun yarn is wound on the the spindle, forming a turtle. She also loved being able to use the turtle as is after removing it from the spindle.
The young woman knew she wanted a proper Turkish spindle so she added it to the top of her Christmas wish list. Unfortunately her family did not seem keen to order anything online, so she didn’t receive a Turkish spindle. Which brings us to about two weeks ago when she decided to buy one for herself. She went onto etsy and browsed various shops that sold Turkish and shipped to Canada. She decided to order from Snyder spindles.
She couldn’t decide on just one spindle so she ordered two. The first, a 1.1oz spindle and the second a tiny 9g spindle.
Isn’t this just the cutest little spindle?
A week and a half later they had arrived (which was sooner than she expected). She bundled up in her winter coat and boots as well as her favourite crocheted hat and her new knit mitts and walked over to the community mailbox. Unfortunately she found her mail box frozen shut for the third time this winter and had to break the ice around the door with her mailbox key. After a few minutes she got it open and found the key to the parcel box (which thankfully opened easily). She carried her box containing her new toys home and excitedly opened it. Inside, wrapped in bubble wrap were her beautiful new spindles.
Unfortunately the young woman promised herself that she would finish plying the superwash merino she’s been working on for months before starting any new spinning WIPs. So now she has to wait and show self control before trying out her new toys.