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1AnnaClaire
Sept. 14, 2008, 12:04am

What do you spinners spin on?

I've been spinning some BFL on an either/or spindle (hook on the top, notch on the bottom).

2JackieMJ
Sept. 14, 2008, 7:40am

I've been spinning on my Babe Pinkie that I keep under the keyboard, so no one knows when I'm spinning. But I also have my Little Peggy next to my desk, because she's beautiful and spins like a dream.

In the living room, I have a Babe electric, for productions spinning. I have various fibers (including the clippings from my long haired Chihuahua) on a Rakestraw Spinner, which, when spun up, will be knit into an amulet pouch for my granddaughter, who loves that dog! There's silk on the electric right now, and Finn on the Babe, as well as on the Little Peggy. The Finn is white, and will be probably dyed later, knit into a shawl. At this point in my spinning life, I tend to spin only lace weight singles.

I have TOO MANY spinning wheels!!! (never too many...)

3LeesyLou
Sept. 14, 2008, 8:25am

My much beloved Fricke 160 ST (folding). I am not a spindler; I took my first spinning class on a drop spindle, discovered I did indeed love spinning, and bought a wheel that afternoon (at a fiber festival).
Enjoy the spinning no matter what you use.
Somehow, though, I keep accumulating and adding to my collection of spindles, partly because my kids love them and partly because I use them for classes/demos at schools.

4AnnaClaire
Sept. 15, 2008, 11:30am

I am a spindler, though mostly because I don't even have the budget to rent a wheel (I have a small income, which is spent on books & yarn & fiber -- and I can do that only because I don't have to pay Mom rent).

I had some singles I wanted to ply, and finally figured out Andean plying this weekend. A photo of the results can be seen here, and I put up a blog post about the downside of Andean plying here.

5LeesyLou
Sept. 15, 2008, 1:50pm

Spindles are wonderful themselves, but if you ever do get tempted to look at wheels, Babes start under US$200 and Fricke 160 STs are around $250-275 new. Just sayin'.
I haven't tried Andean plying, because I have lots and lots of bobbins (I have no idea how many at this point), but I know it's useful for sample skeins and short lengths.

6AnnaClaire
Sept. 15, 2008, 3:26pm

...And painful for anything larger (see that blog post I wrote).

7LeesyLou
Sept. 17, 2008, 7:54pm

I know I almost never use a spindle, but I couldn't resist this one when I was already buying these batts from Butterfly Girl Designs' Etsy shop:

8AnnaClaire
Sept. 17, 2008, 10:41pm

I think I've seen those spindles! She's got a bunch of spindles with whorls made out of agate and carved resins and stuff, right?

9LeesyLou
Sept. 18, 2008, 6:44am

Yes, that's the one. I loved a whole bunch of them, but I just had to buy this one. It was a necessity. It is so well balanced you want to spin it as soon as you hold it, and it's lovely to look at too! I spun half the fiber already, it is soft and wonderful (I've never felt such soft merino, and I've knit plenty of merino); I have it on my blog though the colors don't really show as well as they did here.

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