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she toils not...
... but today, she spins.

I went to the St. Distaff day thingy in Westford. Wasn't too bad... a little lonely, as I didn't know anyone, but I did get to talking with a couple of people about spinning flax. One gave me a bit of Euroflax to try -- I thought that was so sweet! I also bid on some fiber in the silent auction. Got beat out by a dollar, but oh well... they didn't say when the auction was getting ready to close, so I didn't get a chance to bid them up. No worries; I didn't have my heart set on it. There were a couple of small spindles, top whorl, that were to go to the two highest bidders. Only one person bid, so only one spindle went, so I snagged the other from the organizer at the end of the event, for $5.

I think I might be a top whorl convert, scary as that might sound. It's easier to spin, spins faster, and you can get a hell of a spin on it by thigh rolling it. And I've spun a finer, more consistent thread with this spindle than I ever did with my other one.

This opens up whole new spindling realms for me! I can buy pretty spindles that I'd turned down before just because they were top whorl! I still need low whorls for re-enacting, but now I don't have to be such a spindle snob! (Not to mention the new one is smaller than the old one and therefore fits better in my purse.)

New fiber and a new spindle, all in the space of five days. Life is good.

i feel: happy happy

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emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: January 14th, 2003 10:19 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I haven't done as much spinning as you have, but I found that a top whorl spindle was a lot easier to control than a low whorl one... I kept dropping the low whorl spindle, and I almost never lose the top whorl ones. I think I need to take a lesson or two to get better at drafting, that's the part I have the most difficulty with. Perhaps if I practice enough it will suddenly make sense!

I wonder if takli spindles from India are period for the SCA at all. They're low whorl and incredibly fast for short-staple fibers like cotton, and quite a bit of fun if you haven't tried one yet.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: January 14th, 2003 10:33 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Draftings not that hard... sometimes you can park the spindle between your knees, untwist the drafting triangle, and pull out fiber that way.

I adore spinning... it's just like magic. Of course, I have so much knitting in the queue now that I feel almost guilty if I take time to spin!
emmacrew From: emmacrew Date: January 14th, 2003 11:16 pm (UTC) (base camp)
I know it's not supposed to be that hard, but somehow I'm just doing something wrong. I think I'm holding the fiber too tightly and i just need to let it flow more freely through my fingers. I must be afraid I'm going to lose control of it.

I did just buy "The Twisted Sisters Sock Workbook" (which from all you've said seems like it would be right up your alley: they hand-dye rovings, spin incredible colored yarns, knit them into fabulous socks) and I'm itching to go get some plain white wool roving so I can dye it, spin it, and knit fabulous socks, too! But for now I'm content with Regia and Shepherd sock from Lorna's Laces (worth looking up if you're not familiar with it, I love this yarn!)
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