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10. December 2014 08:08
by Jobo
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A New Spindle... with New Fiber Too!

10. December 2014 08:08 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Sometimes we all need a little fibery treat... I ordered a new Grizzly Mountain Arts Bead Spindle recently and it came on Friday!  You can see her there second from the left... all shiny and ready to go! 

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Of course I couldn't help but get started on a new spin... to use her and some of my other favorite spindles.

I love my spindle collection... and while I know I really don't *need* any more... sometimes I just can't help it.  They're like magic wands!  Each one has a personality and specific talents.  As you can see, they come in basically every shape and size imaginable.  This handful is by a number of talented artisans:

Left to right:  Phil Powell - Bubinga with Swarovsky Crystal; Grizzly Mountain Arts - Cherry Maple Dymondwood Bead Spindle; Magical Moons - maple Russian; Bristlecone - Outlander Glindle; Grizzly Mountain Arts - Alternative Ivory Druid Egg; Bristlecone - Emerald Twindle

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The fiber is absolutely gorgeous too... a nice soft Merino Wool dyed by Ginny at FatCatKnits.  It's a gradient called "Dragonfly" in vibrant and glowing colors.  My plan is to strip it into two portions and spin from Purple, through blue and teal, and into lime green.  I want to end up with a two ply, light lace, and probably knit it into something either circular or into a rectangular stole.  Something that shows off the beautiful colors and transition.

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These bright lovelies should help keep the winter Blahs away!

27. April 2011 11:03
by Jobo
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Supported Spindles Galore!

27. April 2011 11:03 by Jobo | 2 Comments

Last Christmas, after the delicious meal at my Grandma's house with all of the extended Sonier Family... I spent a little time relaxing and spinning on my Gripping Yarn Russian Spindle.  Several of my Uncles are woodworkers, but one of my uncles in particular, Tim, works on a lathe and does beautiful wood-turning!  He examined my spindle, and thought that he might be able to make another for me from his own materials. 

Well, these are what he came up with!  (Recognize my Walnut Russian in the top left?)  I love the uniqueness and character of both!  Uncle Tim isn't a spinner, but he is definitely a creative woodworker.  He chose some unique woods, and came up with some unique decorative designs for the spindle tips.  Both spindles are nicely finished with tung oil to a semi-glossy satin smooth finish.

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The Blonde Spindle is made from some sort of Maple (I can't remember if it's spalted or bird's eye) and features some fancy scrollwork instead of a traditional bulb shape.  I haven't weighed her yet, but it feels like it weighs about the same as the 30g walnut does.  I tried just a quick spin with a lock or two of angora,  but she seems to spin nicely.

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The Purple Spindle is made from rich dark Purple Heart - and is quite heavy!  It likely weighs as much as both of the other two put together!  I think it will make a great plying spindle, because of the weight.  I have to sand down the tip of this one again, since it got dropped and the very end broke off.... but I think it will spin much better once that part is fixed.

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My plan is to get some very fine sandpaper sometime this week and hopefully fix that tip, and then do some sample spinning and have some fun playing with my new toys!  It's getting warmer here now that spring has semi-arrived... perfect weather for sitting cross-legged out on the patio with a supported spindle!

26. August 2010 08:52
by Jobo
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Spinning Angora... in Russian!

26. August 2010 08:52 by Jobo | 1 Comments

angorarussian1 I've been making more progress on my Angora spinning project... using my new Gripping Yarn Russian Spindle (which is fantastic by the way)

I had a sample of 0.5 ounces of nice, soft, oatmeal colored angora... which has now been turned into a small ball of fine singles.  I wound them off onto a cardboard tube for safe keeping, while I try and decide what material it should be plied with to make the best possible yarn.  I definitely want to avoid simply plying the single back onto itself, just for the simple fact that I want to preserve the length... so I will be able to make something more substantial from it in the end.  I have a small sample also of some super soft fine cashmere fiber, that I want to try on the Russian sometime, so maybe I will use that...

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I might be addicted to this new-to-me spinning method!

Attractive features:

  • - portable spinning... fits snug-as-a-bug into my purse for travel spinning
  • - possible to spin while sitting in an enclosed area (no need to have room to "dangle" like a drop spindle)
  • - ability to spin superfine yarns!  (finer than I ever imagined I could)
  • - a little fiber goes a long way... double your enjoyment of expensive exotic fibers!

Now... on to the cashmere!  and I want Cake!  Chocolate Cake!  and a Pony!  ok... just the cake then!

(I guess I don't ask for much, right?  lol)

 

angorarussian3....mmmmmmm russian bunny.....

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