Tuesday, July 11, 2006

New spindles

Slowly, but surely, I am becoming a spindler (or at least a dedicated spindle collector).

From top to bottom, Forrester Linum Fancy (Maple and Walnut), Tabachek Compact Deluxe (Cocobolo and Maple) and Tabachek Compact (Santos Rosewood and Hickory). The Compact is part of my attempt to consistently spin a thicker yarn. The Compact Deluxe will be one of my workhorses and I couldn't resist the Forrester.

This little guy will be my companion for my cotton adventures. Spinning cotton is still a slow and frustrating process for me, but I can see a certain zen appeal to it.

I got my Tabachek's from Mr. Tabachek himself and the Forrester's from Marg at Celeigh Wool. I'd been eyeing both the Forresters and the Tabacheks online so it was nice to be able to try them out first.

Those who know me well are probably wondering about my fibre restraint. There is nothing like the thought of renovations and an impending move to curtail the large-volume purchase of a fleece or two or nine. Instead the spindles were my major purchase aside from the new Knitter's (cover shawl anybody?), some black BFL top (absolutely amazing price) that is ultimately destined as a sweater for The Flame and my missing pound of mill-ends from Twisted Sisters & Co. Fibre Mill.


Anonymous Kerry said...

I can't get over the red in that cocobolo spindle! They're all gorgeous, but it's so RED!! I love it! I'm working at trying for thicker yarn, too. If you are privvy to any secrets, let me know.

7:42 PM  
Blogger CarolineF said...

I think I have that same spindle in the middle. It's a wonderful thing.

5:07 AM  
Blogger kimber said...

There was a great article in Spin Off on spinning thicker yarns with drop spindles. It does take some finess, doesnt' it?

I love that cover shawl on Knitter's. It's the sole reason I bought that issue. Are we knitting it?

Did you see the preview for the Evelyn Clark shawl in the Fall IK? I'm drooling in anticipation.....

9:00 AM  
Blogger Opal said...

Gorgeous spindles. I'd love to hear updates on how your quest for a thicker yarn goes.

11:13 AM  
Blogger vanessa said...

i do not need more spindlee, i do not need more spindles....

3:24 AM  
Blogger Joanne said...

Ohh...I am drooling. However, I'm just not spinning enough right now to warrant one more purchase! I'll just enjoy the exquisite photos. To spin thicker--draft less, move hands faster, and start out with thicker roving. Don't predraft much...I know how and someday I'll actually have the motivation again!

7:13 AM  
Blogger Melanie said...

Lovely spindles! I've been pondering a Linum for a while now. How do you like it?

3:14 PM  

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