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2. December 2014 10:57
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Lazy Tuesday Spinning...

2. December 2014 10:57 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I find Monday mornings are always busy for catching up from the weekend...  Kat and I went out to buy groceries, while Daddy and Bear were away doing their big kid things.  It seems by the time we tidy a few things up and get a bit organized, the day is over already.

Tuesday, however is usually a bit lazier :)

Currently, the little one is taking her morning nap while I drink my iced coffee and inhale a croissant with Jam.

Keeping me company today is this:

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I bought a bag at last year's handspinners retreat... simply because of the colors!  It's a blend of locally produced wools (cheviot, border Leicester, with a bit of Merino and Nylon added in for good measure) that are carded into a nice lofty true roving.  I usually go for top, so this is not my normal preparation. 

20141202_103915 About a year ago I had just grabbed the bag and a spindle and went off to the races with no real plan in mind - just to spin it by "feel" and see where the adventure might take me.  I ended up spinning supported on a lovely little Texas Jeans Russian Support Spindle... in kind of a modified long draw.  The roving just glides into a medium fine single with so very little effort that the spindle just seems to fill itself! 

As you can see... there are various stages on the go here - raw roving, a spindle cop basically ready to wind off, and a plying ball resting in my white porcelain bowl.  The singles are nice and heathery... in shades from navy to plum, ocean blue to teal.

24. November 2014 22:36
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Whats in the Bowl? How to Choose a Spindle Bowl

24. November 2014 22:36 by Jobo | 0 Comments

A friend recently asked me what kind of spinning bowl I like to use... I guess I have a bit of a loaded answer?

It depends on:

- the material the spindle is made of... and the material the bowl is made of

- the shape of the spindle

- how fast I want the spindle to turn

- what position I want to sit in while I spindle

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Top:  Pyrex finger bowl / Malcolm Fielding Dervish;  Bottom Left:  Glazed Pottery Bowl / Bristlecone Twindle; Bottom Right:  Wooden Thai dipping bowl / Bristlecone Glindle

Materials

I have spindles with tips made from everything from lampwork glass, Swarovski crystals, stainless points, gemstone, and various types of wood!

Bowls are every bit as diverse.  I have bowls made from glass, ceramic, pottery, wood, and plastic.

20141125_111103Wooden Thai dipping bowl / Bristlecone Glindle

 Shape

Some spindles have a long tapered point and it doesn't much matter what shaped bowl you stand them in.  Others (like my Swarovski Crystal pointed spindles) have a short stubby point which basically means you need a shallow flat bowl or you have a hard time finding a place to balance within the bowl.  Other spindles, like my Tibetans and Malcolm Fielding Dervish have a larger circumference whorl than the skinny Russian style spindles, and therefore don’t fit comfortably in a high narrow bowl.

20141125_111922Grocery Store Ceramic dipping bowl / Texas Jeans Russian 

Speed/Friction

If you want a spindle to just fly ? you need to have as little friction as possible between the spindle tip and the surface it is spinning upon. (Oh my goodness a use for the university Phsics classes they made me take!)

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Pyrex finger bowl / Malcolm Fielding Dervish

A fine pointed wooden spindle has a satisfying zip on a really smooth surface like glass or ceramic.  Something like a well balanced metal tipped Russian on glass just flies!  Super fast spin is necessary for spinning very fine yarns (like gossamers and frog?’s hair that need so many twists per inch to hold together properly) but if one is wanting to spin fatter more lofty yarns with less twists per inch ? it may be desired to spin on a surface that slows the spin down.  You might try spinning a wooden tip in a wooden bowl.  The resulting spin is soft and a little bit dampened. 

Care should also be taken to avoid damage to both the tip surface and the bowl itself with repeated use.  A metal tip can bore a hole in a wooden bowl.  An abrasive bowl can wear away at the tip of a glass spindle.  Mismatched surfaces aren't good for either the spindle or the bowl.20141125_111154 Glazed Pottery Bowl / Bristlecone Twindle

Posture

Some people like to spin on basically a little platform with a small indentation in it.  This requires the "bowl" to sit at a specific angle, and usually for the spindle to remain upright throughout the spin, draft and wind processes.  I am lazy.  I like to sit cross-legged and slouch on the floor or lean back with both feet under me while sitting on the couch.  I find a medium sized, fairly wide, not too curved bottom bowl works best for my relaxed posture style.  I tried the "dent" style bowls and glass pendants and while they are beautiful, they just aren't for me. 20141125_112007 Grizzly Mountain Arts Spindle Bowl with Ceramic Insert / Bristlecone Unicorn Goddess

 

So what’s my favorite bowl?  Depends on the day but generally I like a bowl with medium characteristics all around - a middle of the road weight, maybe 2 inches deep, about 3 inches across made of some smooth surface that matches with the material tip of the spindle I am currently obsessed with Smile

12. November 2014 09:53
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Whatcha Working On Wednesday! Sampling with Samples

12. November 2014 09:53 by Jobo | 0 Comments

Trying to start something new...  I thought on Wednesdays I would just simply show you what I'm working on :)

On Monday, two of my lovely friends (Jo and C) came for a visit.  We had lunch, knitted, spun, and chatted for the day.  It was just what the doctor ordered, and VERY much appreciated too!

While they were here... C was carding some wool on handcards and inspired me to go grab mine, and some sample wool and play with it.  So I carded an unknown wool sample with some of Ruttiger's Soft Combings to make some soft fluffy Rolags.  I spun them up fine on my Phil Powell Jewel Russian.  I can always count on the girls for inspiration and enabling!

I chain-plied the sample and got around 40 yards or so of light fingering / heavy lace yarn.  The colors are really pretty... stretches of teal, blue, purple and sage.  I hoped to be able to show the finished yarn today, but alas, the dyer was enthusiastic about dyeing and not rinsing.  I rinsed three times last night, and the water was BLUE BLUE BLUE.  I soaked overnight and it's still blue.  This morning I've changed the water twice - still blue.  I'm glad I don't have a whole braid, I'd have been annoyed (and blue)

When the soaking stops, and the color stops bleeding.... I have a simple little idea for this teensy skein!  I'll keep you posted!

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