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22. August 2011 04:14
by Jobo

Yarn Candy Monday... Getting back on the horse...

22. August 2011 04:14 by Jobo | 0 Comments

It's been a while sportsfans yarn-fans!  The summer has been trucking along, and my blogging hasn't really been able to keep up lately... see friday's post about my Summer War Stories...

I have brought a few new spindles into the fold though:  the first of which is a Bird's Eye Maple Bosworth Mini!

Birdseye Bossie

I've debated over buying a "Bossie" for a while now.  They have a fantastic reputation for being above average spindles, spin like little whirling dervishes, and being durable and reliable to boot.  I had looked into the basics about a year ago, and then kindof forgot.

I really, really love this spindle!  The weight is perfect for the kinds of extra light lace weight yarn I am drawn to these days.  At 18 g this is plenty light, but also the construction feels nice and substantial even though the spindle is small and delicate.  The hook feels like it will stand the test of time, unlike some other cheaper spindles I've bought where the wire has a mind of it's own.  The notch placement and whorl itself are lovely and smooth.

The spin itself is what really gets me charged up though.  This spindle is perfectly in balance!  One little flick of the shaft and this little baby is sent into a wonderful, fast, balanced spin.  The shaft is un-varnished for extra finger grip too, which I'm sure, adds to that fast even spin. 

First I blew through the little sample that came attached (Eek!  I finished spinning that Sheila Bosworth started!  *swoon*) and then started into some of the Angora I had processed at the Mill this summer (Belfast Mini Mills - FYI!).  The fiber is a 75/25 Merino/Ruttiger Blend, and is nice and light and airy.  My goal was to turn 4 ounces or so of it into something cobwebby, even lighter than my usual laceweight, and see what kind of yardage I can muster.  Ideally, I'd like to make a square Haapsalu style shawl out of it, maybe something like the Crown Prince Shawl, but perhaps of my own design-finagling with the help of the Haapsalu Shawl book.  The roving is a silvery cream color, hopefully showing off a silvery grey halo as it is knit up.  As I get more of it completed I'll have to post about it too.  So far I've spun the first 0.5 ounce portion and started into the second.  My idea was to spin 8 cops of 0.5 ounces each, then put 2 strands together for the thread, and hopefully end up with 4 skeins for the whole project.  (Then I might only have to sew in 8 ends!  I find it challenging to weave in ends with ultra fine laceweight.  I always worry the ends will work themselves out!)

Anyways - Here's Birdie!  My first, and definitely not last Bosworth Spindle!

10. August 2009 10:39
by Jobo

Golding Spindle - amazed beyond words!

10. August 2009 10:39 by Jobo | 0 Comments

I knew just from seeing photographs of Golding spindles that I wanted to have one of my own someday... but seriously folks, this is a Niiiicccceee spindle!

Like a kid in the candy shop, I arrived at the post office to pick up my new toy, and was so excited that I had the box torn open and was digging inside before the lady at the desk was even able to find my name in the received log!  Gently wrapped in tissue paper in all her glory - my new spindle!

From the moment I unwrapped it, it was obvious that this spindle was made by a seriously talented craftsman.  All wood surfaces are baby's-bottom smooth and pleasing to the touch. The bronze alloy accents add just enough gleam to compliment the walnut.  Classy. 


So I was obviously in love the second I saw it... but how does it spin?  Like a dream. 

Compared to the primitive old crappy thing I had been using before (made from a child's wooden toy wheel and a piece of dowel) the Golding feels so refined and professional.  The shaft has little grooves cut into the wood to help improve grip when giving the spindle a flick start - it feels like it takes no effort at all to get it started.  And once the spindle has started spinning... the balanced whorl just keeps going and going forever.  Even though I am not a very experienced spindler, I can draft all the way to the floor when working in the standing position (thats like 3.5 feet) and there is still plenty of spin potential.  Having the weight distributed in a ring around the perimeter of the whorl makes the spinning effortless.  Even the hook feels balanced.  Every stage of the spinning process is a delight working on this spindle.  I guess having quality tools to work with really makes a difference!?  Gotta love tools that are beautiful AND functional.

For my first project on the Golding I decided to use up my last braid of Fleece Artist Merino/Silk Sliver - blues and greens in the colours of the ocean.  I thought this might be a good thing to start with because of the clingyness of the preparation.  I found that the fibers weren't too slippery, and hopefully I wouldn't drop my beautiful new spindle on the floor too many times.  This is the third braid of this fiber that I had bought to learn on as one of my first fiber projects.


The resulting 2 cops of singles are quite thin, a thin laceweight likely.  My goal is to make a really airy gossamer scarf with it.  Something pretty and lacy.  I know I don't have much yardage, but that's ok - just because I live in Canada doesn't mean I want a hundred big bulky warm scarves!  I skeined and washed the singles last night, and they are hanging off the back of the bathroom door at home waiting patiently for me to get home from work tonight and ball them up.  The colours are sooooo beautiful... like waves on the ocean in every shade of sun-kissed blue green and turquoise.  Will post more pics later on :)

Bottom line:

- Thinking about investing in a Golding Spindle?  Go for it.  This is amazing craftsmanship, and worth every penny.  Every time I pick it up, I have a difficult time to put it down... kind of like putting down a good book.  This Spindle is my new favorite fiber tool!

Golding Fiber Tools


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