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Spindling to Earth, Wind, and Fire

I’m very glad to finally be able to use my spindles. Now I have an excuse for looking at them and making a wish list of so many of them! If you look up “drop spindles” on Etsy or Google, you will find tons of them, and there are so many beautiful ones out there! And they’re so much more affordable than a wheel that I–ahem, I meant you–could conceivably collect them! I’ve even seen a couple whose whorls were made of stained glass! Don’t want to drop that!

That being said, yes, I bought my third spindle yesterday.  It’s a bottom-whorl, my second one, and very simple, not a decorative one like my malachite spindle. Ashford makes this one, and of the three that I have, I’m finding this one the easiest to work with. It’s the heaviest of the three, and also has the largest whorl at about a three inch diameter.

I’ve done everything backwards here. Most people have told me that spindles are easier to learn on than wheels, and that heavier spindles make thicker yarn than lighter ones. For me, the experience has been in direct opposition to that! For me, learning to spin on the wheel was a traipse. The spindle was a complete struggle for me.  And I’ve found myself  spinning thinner yarn with the Ashford than I am with my other two, much lighter spindles.

Tonight, hubby connected his iPod to speakers and put on Earth, Wind, and Fire’s greatest hits from the 70’s. Talk about a walk down memory lane! “Fantasy” was one of my all-time favorites, as were “Reasons” and “September”. No male could compete with Philip Bailey’s high notes, except maybe J. T. Taylor of Kool and the Gang. So tonight I’m spindling away while  listening to pre-disco 70s music. I’ve really got to go through his 60 gigabytes of music! Hubby collects music, whether he likes it or not, because he can, and because some of what he has is so difficult to find now. I’m wondering if he has “Wildfire” or “Horse With No Name”, “Cat’s in the Cradle”, or any Christopher Cross. Don’t know why, but lately I’ve been in the mood for those.


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