High whorl spindle

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Alison h
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High whorl spindle

Postby Alison h » Tue Jul 06, 2010 7:00 pm

I've been browing craft books on amazon and found a book called Spinning in the Old Way by Priscilla A Gibson-Roberts. She recommends usin a high whorl spindle.

Has anyone tried this? I would love to spin but do not have space for a spinniing wheel at the mo.

I love the thought of making my own yarn (although my family are groaning, thinking about even MORE unfinished wip's).

I'd love to hear from anyone who has used this book, or technique.
Still not sure what I want to be when I grow up

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Re: High whorl spindle

Postby Vikki » Wed Jul 07, 2010 12:35 pm

I've only used bottom whorl I'm afraid, but I saw an awful lot of top whorl spindlers at Woolfest. If you don't get an answers on here, join the UK Spinniners group on Ravelry - it's fantastic. I've just ordered Spinning Designer Yarns (because I spin fine yarns and wanted to try 'art yarns') from Amazon!

Why don't you check out Forest Fibres on eBay? I think they still sell kits where you get a spindle, instructions and fibre. There will be plenty of videos on YouTube too :)

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Re: High whorl spindle

Postby Nevisknitter » Wed Jul 07, 2010 1:40 pm

I spin using a high whorl spindle, (time permitting) and have no problems with it, I started with an ashford spindle but then got another spindle from here last woolfest. I now want a lace spindle to spin finer yarn, at present my plied yarn is 4 ply equivalent.

Winghams do a basic spindle for £3.70, I know they also sell small sample packs in their shop so you could try different fibres.

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Re: High whorl spindle

Postby Alison h » Thu Jul 22, 2010 1:08 pm

Thanks for the advice. Vikki and Nevisknitter.

At least I now know spinning with a spindle (rather a spinning wheel) is do-able.

My family are ALREADY looking disapproving; I do not have a good reputation for either finishing projects or keeping my projects and/or stash in my room!!
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Re: High whorl spindle

Postby Alison h » Mon Jul 26, 2010 12:07 pm

I've ordered ForestFibres beginner kit - spindle + instruction leaflet + 200g fibre to spin.

SOOOO excited.........
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