This month (as you've noticed) is all about spinning, so naturally this post is all about the drop spindle.
Suffice it to say there are two tools you can use to spin, the drop spindle or the spinning wheel. I love the drop spindle because it's got the ultimate portability. They come in two main styles top whorl and bottom whorl. Robin of The Dancing Goats makes both kinds, but the ones I have and that interest me most are the top whorl.
While I hunted about the internet for spindles and even *gasp* made my own (warning - not the prettiest thing I've ever made!) when I buy tools I have to love them. Honestly a good tool is worth good money and while I searched and found plenty of different spindles across the net for a wide range of prices (from $12.00 to nearly $100.00) I was instantly in love with these when I first laid my eyes on them...
What I absolutely cannot get over though is the fact that they are so incredibly beautiful with fantastic prices at the same time! In my shopping I found many a spindle but with very few exceptions they all rather resembled one another. Given the fact that it's a rather simple tool it still was a little disheartening and honestly it's what kept me from buying one to begin with. Why would I pay good money for something I can easily have made functionally and not even at a quarter of the price?
All bets were off when I saw these though. I was sold and there was no turning back and they were in fact a bit of a birthday present to myself. All of that aside the hands down selling point for me even considering all of this wonderful information was the range of weights. As I mention in my earlier post the spindle weight determines how thick (and how much) a yarn you can spin. Heavier ones are good for bulky weights and plying. They're also handy if you're spinning a large amount of fiber at once as well.
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