You know how it is when all your friends are doing something and you aren't? You start thinking that maybe there is a reason why they are all doing it. Spindle spinning was this something for me. In the last few months my spindle collection has grown from the Schacht Hi-Lo and and Ashford spindles on which I learned to spin. Both are basic spindles that are good for learning on, but lack glamor.
A lovely little Apple wood spindle from Spindlewood purchased at CNCH in May. As I recall it weighs 25g. I immediately started spinning some cashmere from California Cashmere. Lovely people and their cashmere is divine!
The Spindlewoods are wonderful. The craftsmanship is fabulous, they spin forever, and they won't roll away. Plus, the folks that make and sell them are sweethearts.
At Black Sheep I acquired a Forrester Granny and a Bosworth Midi (previously blogged here). In the previous post I mislabeled the Bosworth. It is a Morado whorl with a Birch shaft. When Sheila Bosworth corrects your error, you listen. ;-)
The newest member of the clan is this cutie.
A brecciated jasper high whorl spindle from Butterfly Girl Designs. I had been watching her shop and then one day this beauty showed up. The stone whorl is 2 inches across and the spindle weighs 1.1 ounces. It is a nice spinner, posing here with some madder dyed tussah silk.
People ask me if they should learn to spin on a drop spindle or a wheel. I learned on a spindle, but didn't really feel comfortable with it. A month later I took a wheel class and didn't look back.
Until recently, I didn't even like spindle spinning. What changed? At CNCH, our booth was across from Spindlewood's booth. Their spindles are so pretty that I kept going over to look at them. Eventually I tried one, then another one, then another one. Now, with more experience spinning, I like spindle spinning. A lot.
For me, learning on the wheel was easier. Other people say they were more comfortable learning on a spindle. It certainly is cheaper to buy a spindle or two or twenty.
Which did you learn on? Do you have a preference? I would also love to here about your favorite spindles.
Speaking of learning to spin. Brooke (and sometimes me too) is teaching drop spindle and wheel spinning (scroll down) at Knit One One in Berkeley. It is very near the Ashby BART station. Currently scheduled is a beginning drop spindle class and a beginning wheel class. We will have some wheels (Victoria, Julia, Ladybug) available for you rent (and purchase if you wish) during the wheel class.