And so I did. I went and got the fixings for more CD spindles. Making these things is addictive. It’s easy and fun, too. This time, however, I needed to make one that’s a bit heavier than the others. Someone suggested I weight it with washers, so I bought a bunch of those and there we have it.
This one weighs in at about 2.1 oz, which is almost the same weight as the Schachts I have. This isn’t to say I wouldn’t ever buy a professionally made spindle again, but when you need something fast making them produces an efficient spindle at a fraction of the cost!
While accompanying Karen on a jaunt to The Yarn Tree, I found this in the fiber room, waving at me. I walked over, said hello and the stuff just JUMPED up into my arms and wailed, "Take me home!!!!". So I did. The End.
I specifically made the heavier spindle to spin up the blue fiber. The Harrisville is a true roving, which is carded into a batt(well THIS stuff is a batt), and the fibers are not aligned. The merino is known as Top, which is combed so the fibers are all in the same direction. This preparation results in a major loss of fibers so that is why top is generally more expensive than roving.
Some spun yarns.
The skein on the right is some of the Columbia I finished off last week. The left skein is some of the BFL I’m currently spinning up. The Columbia is 2ply and seems to be a DK/light worsted weight, while the BFL is Navajo plied. It’s coming out thicker, like a chunky weight yarn. They are two different breeds of sheep but I just might dye them both the same colors and make a some sort of winter warmth set.
Today’s haul turned out good, all for under $30. I can only imagine what kind of damage I’ll do for Xmas! 🙂