Drop Spindle Spinning

My Kaira is fascinated with sheep, wool and spinning, and was excited to receive a drop spindle for Christmas.  (Three cheers to the grandparents!)

The question is: Can I figure out the spindle?  I’ve been reading websites and watching videos, but am still bewildered.  Ken’s going to try to look at the gizmo this weekend.   In general he’s better at high tech things of that nature–new inventions with the past several thousand years.

I’ve tentatively concluded that spinning wool into yarn is almost as magical as spinning straw into gold.  If Ken can’t figure it out, perhaps some little man with a funny name will come knocking with advice?  Naw, he’d want my first born in exchange, and it’s for the first born we are doing this to begin with.

So, what’s your vote?  Can prairiefrogs spin wool into yarn?

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3 thoughts on “Drop Spindle Spinning

  1. I was watching Knitty Gritty the other day (a show on HGTV) and they were using drop spindles to spin dog hair into yarn….

    Here's how to make a hand spindle:
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_dkng/article/0,3145,HGTV_28316_5151233,00.html

    how to use a hand spindle:
    http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/shows_dkng/article/0,3145,HGTV_28316_5151241,00.html

    I can't find the one where they used a drop spindle…. hmmm… on to Google:

    http://www.handspinning.com/lollipops/spininst.htm

    Video clips:
    http://www.icanspin.com/

    One more link for good measure:
    http://www.monroehistoricsociety.org/spinning.html

    Enjoy! 🙂

  2. Very funny that I read this today! Just this morning, J commented that we should try his drop spindle again. He received it in August for a bday present and we've yet to figure it out. Mom is not so great at things requiring hand/eye coordination and Dad has been very busy. Perhaps we will give it a try again this week. Can't wait to check back and see if Kaira has conquered the spindle.

  3. How neat. The children and I enjoyed watching the spinning this summer. A group of women that have a club that goes around and demonstrates this. They get together in traditional clothing and spin. They have all different types of wool, colors, etc. It was so much fun to watch. I wish I could remember the name of the group, but I think it would be fun to get together with a club to learn all the different aspects of it all (dying it, spinning, etc.). It sounds like fun.

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