3. December 2010 11:59
I've come up with a unique way (or at least I've never seen anyone else do it this way... so I thought I should share) to unwind a full cop of singles from my drop/supported spindles...
Basically here it is in a nutshell:
- It can take a very long time to unwind a full cop by hand into a ball for plying or for storage. I always end up frustrated, often tangled, and bored with all of the repetitive winding. I'd rather be spinning or knitting!
- My solution is to wind the spindle's contents off onto a spare spinning wheel bobbin, where it can be kept until plying/finishing, in a neat and orderly compact form. I can then take the bobbin and wind a plying ball if I want, I can ply directly from several bobbins on my lazy Kate, or in the case of something like silk singles, I can wind directly from the bobbin to the niddy noddy for finishing. The best part is that I can have my spindle back right away to start on the second cop if I wish, and deal with the finishing of the singles later on.
- I can set up my Ashford Traveller such that the drive band is around the bobbin only, and the bobbin will basically wind up the yarn from the spindle (without adding or removing any twist from the single) - and it can wind much faster than I can by hand.
- it was obvious that my supported spindles will stand comfortably in a bowl while I wind with the wheel... but I discovered that my suspended spindles (aka my goldings and other pretty toys) will stand on their hooks and spin in the palm of my hand quite freely. It's like holding a spinning top! ... and it tickles a little!
- Please check out the video... I think pictures say things easier than words sometimes!
I hope this technique helps spinners out there to wind singles more efficiently - More spinning and knitting time for all! (and let them all have cake also. the end.)