So, what should I do?
|Russian style support spindle|
|Tibetan style support spindle|
Then it hit me. I decided it would enhance my general fiber skills and round out my repertoire. It's portable. I can carry a small spindle with me just about anywhere. Little bits spindled here and there add up. I'm not always into knitting everywhere I go, and it's fun to have a variety of things to do. Although I'm not certain I can bring a Takli on a plane...
I've been watching dozens of videos of people spindling. In Peru, Ecuador, Chile. I find it so fascinating. (One of my favorites, the one with the Navajo spinner/weaver Clara Sherman, bring tears to my eyes! So much knowledge, passion, experience in her hands!) Watching these videos ignited my interest in finally really applying myself to learning to spindle.
*A Takli--a short, thin spindle with a brass whorl on the bottom (picture at top is of my cotton spinning on Takli). The Takli originated in India, and is primarily used for spinning cotton. Here's a video on Takli spinning--> Takli Spinning Video link.
*A Russian-style support spindle (second picture). I purchased mine on Etsy from SpinDizzyChick. Love it.
*A Tibetan style support spindle (third picture) purchased from NealBrand on Etsy
*An Akha spindle for drop spinning cotton (fourth picture). I realized after watching the Akha woman spinning for like a dozen times, I was doing it different from how she was doing it. I should wind the yarn on the top portion, so I will be able to use the bottom for the twist motion.
Oh, and a Turkish spindle from ThreadsThruTime, also on Etsy. Lol. So many options!
I mastered all of these in about a week. Each one is different in ease, function, and use. More about these in the future!
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And we went to York, Maine...