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#100daysofspindlespinning – Day 93

I’ve been participating in #100daysofspindlespinning over on the Instagram world. It’s a friendly challenge – inspired by the much beloved knitwear designer and spindle spinner Andrea Mowry of Drearenee Knits. Essentially, you join in by trying to spin a minimum of 15 minutes a day, on spindles. It has since widened to include all spinning at large. The event began December 1 and will go until March 10. Some started sooner and others started after the fact, but all are welcome.

So far I have spun on my spindles, every day for a minimum of 15 minutes, even before the challenge started. I’ve incorporated support spindle spinning into my morning intentions/meditations and evening reflections and gratitudes. I ease my way in and out of the day with a beautifully made spindle in one hand, wonderfully prepared fibre in the other, and the action of making yarn uniting.

My goal over the 100 days of spindle spinning was to spin on my favourite spindles so I could possibly see a pattern. In working with each spindle, I strove to fill it to capacity. How large a cop could I get? Could I keep it stable?

I have a large collection of spindles. I say I need such a large collection because I teach spindle spinning, and it’s necessary to have a good class set. But it’s also because I bought support spindles with reckless abandon, focusing initially on the beauty of the object. I wasn’t yet attuned to functionality, apart from “is it balanced?” Over time, and as my skills grew, there were spindle styles that I reached for over and over again. I wanted to explore this further and 100 days of spindle spinning would be a good time to set myself a question (or two). What are my preferred spindle styles and why?

Here are some photos of what I’ve done so far and some things I have noticed:

Having a stable and firm cop is key to being able to fill a spindle to capacity.

I started to notice how much of the shaft I left for flicking and temporary cops.

I rewarded myself by buying two new spindles from Carry Cherry. The removable shaft/whorl set-up appealed to me, as did the beauty of the woods.

I was reminded how much I love the wee luxury of a wool/silk blend.

So far, the tibetan style spindle is winning out – I like a spindle with an even shaft, a narrow flick area, and a good sized shelf to build my cop against. Support spindles with those features are winners in my spinning style.

Stay tuned.