It's no secret that I think that of all the spindles I've used, the Turkish style makes the most sense. This is for one reason only. When you finish spinning, there on the spindle is a center pull ball ready to ply. The problem is that I have other beautiful spindles that I absolutely love to spin on. With my top whirls, I usually use my feet to set them twirling. I love this method. They spin quickly and I can keep the spin going without having to stop until the limits of my reach determine that I must. After a while I've spun a lovely copse and then... then the problem with spindling hits me. It is inefficient (and a pain in the butt) to stop and wind off the yarn. There has to be a better way. For months I've played with ideas for plying boxes, boxes to use for winding bobbins of yarn from the spindle, modular spindles, and things.. Then last week I read the article in the Spring 2007 Spin Off about Peter Teal's spindle and plying box "kit". It was all there. Except, I have many spindles that I love. I said that before, didn't I? There must be an easy way, a good way, to get the yarn off the spindle without tangling it, without winding a ball. Some good way to transfer it to a plying station. I'm thinking about it. Anyone have a good solution.
There is a lot of yardage in that little silk ball. It took a long time, and C holding the spindle between his fingers while I wound the ball ( I had played with it trying too many things and had disturbed the copse a bit too much for it to come off easily).
I stopped at a fast food place yesterday and picked up a few large straws along with a burger. I split one and fashioned a plastic quill. But a red plastic straw, on my beautiful Forrester???
For another spindle I rolled a bit of wax paper around the spindle before starting to spin.
So what do you do? Any ideas?