A Turkish spindle is wings on a stick. It's the perfect travel spindle. Everything you need to produce a plyed yarn is right there in one break apart, flat, stick it in your pocket or bag, package. What more could you ask for. Last October when I posted pictures of my "antique" Turkish spindle, I was contacted by Wanda of Fiberjoy. Her husband, Ed, of Jenkins Woodworking, makes beautiful contemporary Turkish style spindles. I visited their site. Gorgeous! Thus began the tale of two spindles...
Saturday night, when I went out to the mailbox, there was a small package. Not a box mind you, but a rather soft sided package addressed simply to "Judy", at my address. I knew Wanda was sending me a spindle to try out, but I figured a box would come, lots of packing, protection. But no. That's the first thing to understand about these remarkable spindles. They come apart like tinkertoys. This makes them truly portable. It would be possible to slide one right into your briefcase on top of your laptop, just for instance. I removed the three pieces from the envelope and put them together. Beautiful.
The spindle is light in color and weight and very smooth to the touch. It is made of bamboo. I particularly like the idea of a bamboo Turkish as it not only keeps the weight down, this one weighs in at 1.2 oz., but it is made of a "green" material. Bamboo is the sustainable wood. Not only is it the fastest growing plant on the planet, but it is also one of the strongest woods.
These pictures show the spinning of 72 yds, (.9 oz, that translates into about 1300 yds/lb.) of medium staple wool, into a 2 ply yarn. Notice how the yarn gets wound onto the wings of the spindle forming a center pull ball. Instead of having to use a kate or winding several spindles worth of yarn onto a felted ball before spindle plying, you can ply directly from the ball. It couldn't be easier.
it stands up when you put it down
comes apart to release the center pull ball...
Don't think that because these spindles look large that they can only spin a heavier weight yarn. I've just started some silk and it spins fine. Wanda posted pictures of some cashmere she's spinning on her .9 oz. Turkish spindle.
For those of you who seem to have some sort of death wish for me... how about off the deck instead of off the roof..
Bet you can hardly see it!