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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!

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