Sparkly Nest

November 12, 2008

A few weeks ago I was admiring Suzan’s collection of spindles on her blog.  I have been wanting to try spinning with a spindle, so I asked if she had any advice about a starter spindle.  Suzan said a CD spindle is a good one for a beginner, and kindly offered to send me the rubber gasket needed to fit the CD’s to the dowel.

Today, this arrived in the mail.


Methinks that is a very big box for a little rubber gasket.

When I opened it up, I felt suddenly. . .


. . . as though I were twirling through sparkly multicolored vapors . . . yes, strangely uplifted!

Transformed, even?

A complete CD spindle with instructions rested in a nest of sparkly roving–soft natural colors mixed beautifully with orchid and citron.


And under that, even more wonderful fluff!


I am an innocent when it comes to wool preparation, but I read in my Woodland Woolworks catalog that new spinners should start with a not-too-slippery longish-staple carded fiber, so I read the directions and started with the least slippery roving in the box.  It was so fun! 

Spindle spinning is anti-weaving.  Or maybe, if it is like any part of weaving, it is like throwing the shuttle.  Rhythm and alertness and consistency and accumulation. 

I already begin to get a sense that achieving consistent yarn with a drop spindle is to be done more than it is to be talked about.


In the mean time, good thing I know how to take my lumps!


3 Responses to “Sparkly Nest”

  1. Suzan Says:

    Hey! That is a beautiful beginning! Have lots of fun, Trapunto

  2. Yay, you’re spinning! I still love my CD spindles as much as my fancier wood-lathed models. More, in some ways, since I’m not afraid to drop them! (I made most of mine using the smaller sized CDs.) Hmmm… wonder if a spinning wheel is in your future?

  3. Trisha Says:

    What a wonderful gift. I have tried spindle spinning a long time ago and I remember it as being quite restful once the initial lumps were worked through. Happy spindling!!!

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