Posts Tagged ‘spindle’

Just a reminder that my shop, Kate’s Cauldron, along with 40+ members of the Maryland Promo Team on Etsy will be running a two week long sale starting TOMORROW, August 15th until August 31th.  Click the button on the right for more information on the Fall into Autumn Sale,the giveaway, the participating shops, and their discounts.  Coupon code MDFIAS will give a discount at all the participating shops.  Kate’s Cauldron is offering 10% off.

I’ve been spinning up several skeins of this yarn.  It reminds me of Fudge Ripple ice cream, lol.  I had a mixed roving of natural colored wool from whites all the way to darkest brown (an a bit of everything in between).

The single were all spindle spun, but I finished it up as a 3-ply on my Frankenwheel (which still needs it’s own post)..  It ended up as a nice fingering or sock weight yarn.  I keep thinking it would make a gorgeous pair of wristers or mitts, maybe with a lace ruffle….. I have 4 skeins up in my shop right now, but more in the pipeline.  Only problem is–now I want some ice cream!


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I’ve been hard at work this this month.  This weekend is the MD Sheep and Wool Festival.  I’ll be there with my spindles and shawl pins, buttons and some yarn at the Baltimore County Wool Producers Booth (Barn 4, space 05) where you can also find plenty of yarn and spinning fibers all produced locally.

Come on by and say, “Hi!”  I’d love to meet you.

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Look what I made!  Last week, I added a couple spindles to my etsy shop.  I had an inquirey that inspired me to check out my local wood resourses and this was the result.  I love making this carved spindle tips.  This one is tiny, maybe a 1/2 ounce with a lacewood whorl and a cherry shaft.  Probable best for laceweight.

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Glorious Woods

Inspired by a request I received recently, I went looking for interesting bits of wood. I even found a woodworking shop near my favorite park. Now I have some purple heart wood, honey rosewood and lacewood staring at me, waiting to become spindle whorls.

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I have been loving  t notched spindles lately.  I generally don’t like the esthetics of hooks (not for any good reason, I’ll admit).  I’ve not problem using half-hitches, but it seems to me that a spindle can’t be spinning its best with the yarn coming off the side of the shaft.  I really want my yarn to exit closer to the spindles center of rotation. 

Well several months back, inspired by a post at Rosemary Knits,  I made my first t-notch spindle.

I love this one.  It has become my primary spindle. 

I needed something more for plying though.  I’ve been using my “Rock and Roll” spindle to ply for quite a while–a couple CD’s glued to an old drum stick.  It is HEAVY, but holds a lot.  At first the weight wasn’t an issue.  Even with the crazy, imprecise glue-job I did on it, the spindle was perfectly balanced.  Well, it was until my youngest stepped on it and broke the CD’s.  No problem, I though.  I’ll just glue on a couple replacement disks and be back in business.  Let’s just say the second time was not as charmed. 

It’s been wonky ever since and using the t notch has made half hitches seen so slow.  Time for a new plying spindle:

Okay, the carving is a little crude, but trust me, she spins like a dream and is now my designated heavy weight/plying spindle of choice.  I cannot understand why I don’t see these kinds of spindles for sale very often. 

Well,  I’ve got more spindle making suppies so I’ve decided to add spindles to my Etsy shop this week.  The first one up is a prettied up version of my own plying spindle:

She’s got a lovely stone whorl and a rubbed beeswax finish.  I’ve set her up as a low whorl, but not permanently.  T-notch spindle seem to work just fine as a high whorl, too.

Here she is on the fly!

This one is currently available in my shop.

I’ve a cool spiral notch/hook spindle going up later in the week and ideas for several more bouncing around like crazy!

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