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24. November 2014 22:36
by Jobo
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Whats in the Bowl? How to Choose a Spindle Bowl

24. November 2014 22:36 by Jobo | 0 Comments

A friend recently asked me what kind of spinning bowl I like to use... I guess I have a bit of a loaded answer?

It depends on:

- the material the spindle is made of... and the material the bowl is made of

- the shape of the spindle

- how fast I want the spindle to turn

- what position I want to sit in while I spindle

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Top:  Pyrex finger bowl / Malcolm Fielding Dervish;  Bottom Left:  Glazed Pottery Bowl / Bristlecone Twindle; Bottom Right:  Wooden Thai dipping bowl / Bristlecone Glindle

Materials

I have spindles with tips made from everything from lampwork glass, Swarovski crystals, stainless points, gemstone, and various types of wood!

Bowls are every bit as diverse.  I have bowls made from glass, ceramic, pottery, wood, and plastic.

20141125_111103Wooden Thai dipping bowl / Bristlecone Glindle

 Shape

Some spindles have a long tapered point and it doesn't much matter what shaped bowl you stand them in.  Others (like my Swarovski Crystal pointed spindles) have a short stubby point which basically means you need a shallow flat bowl or you have a hard time finding a place to balance within the bowl.  Other spindles, like my Tibetans and Malcolm Fielding Dervish have a larger circumference whorl than the skinny Russian style spindles, and therefore don’t fit comfortably in a high narrow bowl.

20141125_111922Grocery Store Ceramic dipping bowl / Texas Jeans Russian 

Speed/Friction

If you want a spindle to just fly ? you need to have as little friction as possible between the spindle tip and the surface it is spinning upon. (Oh my goodness a use for the university Phsics classes they made me take!)

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Pyrex finger bowl / Malcolm Fielding Dervish

A fine pointed wooden spindle has a satisfying zip on a really smooth surface like glass or ceramic.  Something like a well balanced metal tipped Russian on glass just flies!  Super fast spin is necessary for spinning very fine yarns (like gossamers and frog?’s hair that need so many twists per inch to hold together properly) but if one is wanting to spin fatter more lofty yarns with less twists per inch ? it may be desired to spin on a surface that slows the spin down.  You might try spinning a wooden tip in a wooden bowl.  The resulting spin is soft and a little bit dampened. 

Care should also be taken to avoid damage to both the tip surface and the bowl itself with repeated use.  A metal tip can bore a hole in a wooden bowl.  An abrasive bowl can wear away at the tip of a glass spindle.  Mismatched surfaces aren't good for either the spindle or the bowl.20141125_111154 Glazed Pottery Bowl / Bristlecone Twindle

Posture

Some people like to spin on basically a little platform with a small indentation in it.  This requires the "bowl" to sit at a specific angle, and usually for the spindle to remain upright throughout the spin, draft and wind processes.  I am lazy.  I like to sit cross-legged and slouch on the floor or lean back with both feet under me while sitting on the couch.  I find a medium sized, fairly wide, not too curved bottom bowl works best for my relaxed posture style.  I tried the "dent" style bowls and glass pendants and while they are beautiful, they just aren't for me. 20141125_112007 Grizzly Mountain Arts Spindle Bowl with Ceramic Insert / Bristlecone Unicorn Goddess

 

So what’s my favorite bowl?  Depends on the day but generally I like a bowl with medium characteristics all around - a middle of the road weight, maybe 2 inches deep, about 3 inches across made of some smooth surface that matches with the material tip of the spindle I am currently obsessed with Smile

24. November 2014 05:56
by Jobo
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Tardis Slippers Bigger on the Inside?

24. November 2014 05:56 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I have been working on my Dr Who slippers... And things are going quite well. I finally had a chance to figure out how to do the TARDIS windows. Funny thing when my children refuse to sleep my creativity goes right out the window!

So I started out with the same needles as the base of the slippers, and just started to play with the white and the blue yarn. 

To get a comparable weight with the white yarn I had to triple the Patons Classic Wool. No biggie I just used the same technique as when you chain ply singles.  I didn?t bother adding extra twist or anything? just held the chain together as I knitted.  Maybe I?ll do a tutorial on this sometime if anyone is interested?

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As far as straying from the original pattern goes... I sort of went all out in all directions.

I started with the same approximate number of stitches and knit a button band to begin with that was wide enough to accommodate my buttons, and that's about where following the pattern ended.

I looked at a bunch of drawings of the TARDIS to see how the windows should look and it appears that most of the drawings show clusters of 6 windows in a 2 x 3 pattern.

tardis

Now I'm just waiting to have enough energy to finish off the first ankle so I can sew it on and see what it looks like.

My colorwork in the back looks fairly tidy... But I am wondering if I should sew something over it to cover it up and make it look more professional. I wish I had some nice hundred percent wool felt or something. I really have to get some of Ruttiger's fur made in to felt sometime... another project for another day.

14. November 2014 13:40
by Jobo
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Survival Knitting…

14. November 2014 13:40 by Jobo | 0 Comments

My children are adorable… the cutest little munchkins ever.  ‘Kat’ is 5 months, and ‘Bear’ is one month short of 3 years old.  They are sweet and smart and funny…

But Dude… they don’t seem to sleep much! 

When I`m overtired… I have a hard time keeping up in general.  This has been a challenging week.  I do pretty well on 4 hours sleep a night… but this week it`s been even less than that.  Iced Coffee is my BFF.

I love being creative and making things up as I go.  I love modifying patterns and tweaking things to add my own flair.  I daydream and scheme spinning, knitting and yarny things around the clock.  I get excited and talk too fast and too much about my fibery aspirations.  I get all worked up about my hobbies!

When I am this tired though… I can hardly butter toast.

Enter the realm of survival knitting

Sometimes I just need a project to follow row by row.  Something that I don`t try and jazz up.  I follow the pattern exactly as written.  I have to mark the rows I’ve completed in the margin, and make notes of any counts or measurements so I can remember how to make the second of a pair. 

This kind of knitting isn’t challenging – it`s comforting and calming. 

It doesn't charge me up – it relaxes me and makes me feel like I am accomplishing something small in my chaotic day.

Some days all I get is 15 or 20 minutes… but these short bursts of “survival knitting” are what`s keeping me sane.  Ok.  The knitting and the chocolate. 

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