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May 21, 2007


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Oh yeah. I've got no advice on this one. Marcy?

I spin on a wheel. Barely kidding.

I think if you set up a shoebox with two holes big enough to poke the longer end through so it fits, and spins freely, then use the ball winder for a center pull ball, it should work. The box only holds the spindle, so you would need to make the holes big enough for free movement.

The way I've 'done it' is similar to what Laurie says. I have a Lizzy Kate and spin up two spindles. That means you need to similar spindles. The straw, or something like it, have been suggested to me so you're on the right track.

Sounds like you need to "acquire" a Golding 3-ply Lazy Kate in Cummington like Terri's :-). It's a beautiful and highly functional piece (with adapters for other spindles) eliminating the need to use "other" methods that might mar your beautiful spindles. Wasn't Peter Teal's box great?

I always end up doing the Andean plying bracelet thing, but that has obvious limitations... you can only 2-ply with it, you can't ply different colors or fibers, etc. But if what you want is just a regular old 2-ply, it can't be beat!

The J. Mac book also shows someone Navajo plying with a spindle, something I didn't think was possible, but apparently is.

Just saw a blog where a woman was using a great wheel and I think she used a corn husk as a quill for her yarn so she could slip it off without having to wind off. The corn husks should be easy to get in the Mexican food section of the grocery store. And cheap. Don't know if it will work, but it would be relatively cheap to try?
I have a basket that is a strange shape and has two handles parallel to each other about the width of my drop spindles and I slip them in there and use that.

All the stopping and starting has me hesitant to try spindle spinning. If you find a solution, I'm interested.

This dilemma has me stumped and looking for solutions from all kinds of angles. So far nothing satisfactory. What I do with singles from a top spindle, and the Ladakhi, is to lightly hold the spindle so it freely revolves in my hand then wind off onto my warping board. It goes quite fast, and I get the yardage. I tried the swift but for some reason the pegs aren't spaced so one can get an exact yard. (Very annoying - the only complaint I have about it.) Then I use the ball winder. I want to try winding onto a felt ball next time.

What do I do...hmmm...I suppose my asnwer has the potential to be really annoying. LOL. Bottom line is, I have learned to love the whole ridiculous process! If at home, I toss the loaded spindle into a grocery bag and hook the single into my ball winder, and away we go. If not at home, I use my Nostepinne. In either case, once I have a center pull ball, I line up the the ends. If at home, I wind the 2 plies together on the ball winder for a center pull ball, and THEN I take those lined-up but not plied piles and wrap the yarn around a felted ball. This ball then goes into any handy holding container and I ply the yarn. And what to do with all these infintessimal balls? Well, I join them all together with a good ol' spit splice. And yes, when I've spun and plied it all and tied it off in a skein, I wash it in good, hot water and Eucalan. Time-consuming? Yeah. Kind of a pain in the arse? Yeah. But when I turn to my spindles the resulting yarn is intended for ME. It has nothing to do with producing mass quantities, as it is when I sit down and my wheel(s). It is one of the few nice things I do for myself, so the cumbersome parts of the process do not get me down in the least. Maybe someday I'll want to streamline the process, but for now it ain't broke, so I ain't fixin' it. :-)

Have a nice Memorial Day weekend! I'm on the way to Maine, myself, as of tomorrow morning.

I use one of Tom and Linda Diak's spindle barns. It's great for three-ply.

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