Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Getting to Know my Turkish Spindle

Recently the perfect opportunity arose to get to know the lovely new addition to my spindle collection, the lovely Bog Oak Turkish from IST Crafts.

Malia of The Yarnraising Podcast is hosting a New to You Spin-Along  so I thought I would gather some lovely fibre and get to know my spindle a little better.



I picked out the gorgeous hand pulled gradient roving I bought from Hilltop Cloud at Fibre East, yes, partly because it matched my spindle, (tell me I'm not the only one who does that?!) and got going!



I am really enjoying spinning on this spindle, but am finding it a lot slower than the drop spindles which I am used to. This may be because I get a little fixated by winding the singles on really slowly and neatly as it just looks so pretty!


I really enjoy packing a lot on a spindle and am finding that this one does not share this passion. I heard a very interesting bit of info when I was listening to the Knitmore Girls Podcast to this effect, according to Jenkins your spindle will work best with fibre weighing up to 3/4 of the spindles weight, any more than that and it can cause the wobbles! I'm still going to learn the hard way though and try and pack on as much singles as possible. Wish me luck :)

Have you tried anything new lately?

I'm joining in with the Spinning Show and Tell on Crafts from the Cwtch again this week so click the link for more spinning related loveliness.

Dani x


P.S. Have you heard about the SAL/KAL being hosted by A Yarn Loving Mama which started on Monday, links to the details are here. I'll tell you about what I'm spinning for it next week :) 



8 comments:

  1. Oh that looks gorgeous - I don't blame you for winding it on slowly, if that's the result! Thanks for linking up xxx

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    1. Thanks Sarah, and thanks for hosting the show and tell, it's always fun joining in :) xx

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  2. I love your spindle. Turkish spindles are the ones that make me wish I could use a drop spindle because they are so fun looking. That single is looking very pretty too.

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    1. Thank you, I'm most excited about taking off my first full turtle shell ball :)

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  3. I haven't tried Turkish or bottom whorl spindles yet, I feel like they would take some getting used to.

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    1. I'm much more used to a top whorl spindle but I'm finding the only real difference is the winding on :)

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  4. So pretty, i am not surprised it has taken you a long time it is so neat and perfect!

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    1. Thank you :) I'm finding this is definitely a spindle to use to enjoy the process rather than to produce lots of yarn quickly!

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