Finished, Finally

About 13months ago, I stopped at a local shop and picked up this spindle.

IMG_0900I had been spinning on smaller spindles and I felt like trying something heavier just for spinning singles, but also to give me a few more options when it came to plying. This Tracy Eichheim spindle came very highly recommend by the shopkeepers and weighs about 1.7oz so I gave it a whirl.

I grabbed some random green tonal merino top from Wild Hard Fiber Studio that I’d acquired long ago…

IMG_0902And I really just experimented. I spun thick and thin and just all across the board getting used to how it all felt. The spindle spun wonderfully and I really was enjoying it.

I got about this far, and then the project — for whatever reason — went into the little ninja bag you can see in the back ground there…

IMG_0916And it didn’t resurface until a few weeks ago. I have no idea why, but it just started hibernating. Then a few weeks ago, I stumbled across it as I was tidying up my yarn & fiber space and I decided I just needed to make this yarn happen.

I still had about half the 4oz left to spin, but I’m much speedier these days with a spindle than I was a year ago and after just a few days…

img_5076I had finished. Now it’s worth noting that this is not the entire 4oz. Since I only have one spindle this size, I wound the singles off onto weaving bobbins. A weaving friend sent me a couple a while back in an exchange and while I’ve hand wound them in the past, I recently added a bobbin winder to my collection of tools (to go with a couple boat shuttles for my loom… but that’s a story for another day) which made the process super quite and easy. It’s also worth noting that this spindle was HEAVY. I generally assume I have super bionic hands, wrists, and arms partly because I vary my crafts and make a big effort to never over-do it with any one craft. This full spindle, however, was hard on my hands and wrists. I will stick with my mini spindles for the most part, I think!

In any case, I wound all my singles onto bobbins and opted to ply on my wheel. This is often my course of action — not because I can’t ply on my spindles, but by the time I get through the singles on my spindles I’m often a little impatient to see the yarn. I have the wheel, so I figure why not?!

And the results of my 13months of on/off effort?

skein2This super fun, uneven, one of a kind skein.

swirl2And this is something I truly love about spinning — I can take fiber that I quite literally approached as haphazardly as is possible just to get to know the spindle and then I can go ahead and ply it into this fun skein of totally usable, 100% unique, lovely yarn. It is such an incredible thing.

I didn’t really take much time to measure — being all fly-by-the-seat-of-my-pants on this one — but it’s roughly an aran weight and probably in the 180-200yard realm, maybe a little less. At some point it’ll make a very fun hat or I could throw it into a stashbuster scarf on my loom. Whatever it becomes, it’s been a long time in the making, that’s for sure. Finished, finally — I’m ecstatic that not only do I have a fantastic one-of-a-kind skein here, but I have a very familiar working knowledge of my “new” spindle. That was definitely worth the time investment!

6 responses to “Finished, Finally

  1. I have that same drop spindle, I bought it at the Toas fiber festival a few years ago. I love it! I had the opportunity to use a friend’s Golding drop spindle and was very please that this one spun just as well for me.

    • I very much need to get a smaller Eichheim sometime. I have a couple Goldings which I also love, but they are *so much* lighter that it’s hard to directly compare. The Eichheim does spin very nicely though!

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