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I try to keep up-to-date on different fiber arts tools, esp. new uber-cool spindle designs. Not easy of late, with so many new wood-turners sprouting up! However, I still keep watch on makers I am familiar with — those who made tools I either own or tried.

In alphabetical order, Neal Brand, Joshua Lynch and Phil Powell all have new, note-worthy items that caught my eye in the sold section of each spindle-maker’s Etsy shop.

** correction: below, regarding Joshua’s new spindles **

Neal Brand

Known primarily for his Tibetans, Neal Brand’s unique Russians equal in design and spin. Over the past months, I’ve noticed slight changes in the shafts as well as different shapes in his Tibetan whorls.

I’m not sure (and failed to ask) if this affects spin time or length…however, to me, even slight changes in the shapes of the whorls highlight the beauty of the various woods he chooses.

Oy. I digress.

With Neal’s permission, I included 2 spindles in this post — different from anything I’ve seen from him before:

A brass-tip Tibetan, made of Maple (gold rings carefully painted on the whorl):


And a hollow Tibetan whorl:


Neal says we can expect similar spindles to appear in his shop in the future. Cool.

Joshua Lynch

Joshua Lynch of TexasJeans began to offer “mini” sized Russians and Tibetans (approximately 8″L give/take) a few months ago; blending boards; and, most recently, altered the design of his Tibetan — creating a leaner, faster spindle.

Useful for travel, tossing in a purse or project bag, or for persons like myself who need a shorter spindle, “mini” Russians and Tibetans are an exciting addition to the TJ line-up. Like all wood-turners I admire, these shorties are not achieved by chopping a few inches off the top and leaving an acute shaft.

The spindles are well received because they are miniature versions of their larger counterparts. Tips, whorls and shafts keep a similar ratio, which keeps the well-known spin attributes of a TJ spindle.

Now, I don’t own one of these minis; however, Joshua is one of the kind makers who made short spindles for me to use easily whilst sitting in my wheelchair (actually, 2 Maples that spin as true as the day they arrived around a year ago) and a Tibetan last winter, also smaller. Photos of my spindles look exactly like any other spindle, which shows me the proportions must be similar.

Whether well measured or Joshua’s natural eye, these exciting mini-spindles offer many possibilities for those leaving the house, spindle in hand!

Mini spindles copied from Joshua’s sold items:



Joshua also began making Blending Boards. I’ve never seen/used one, but it was humorously described to me as “the poor man’s drum carder” (of which I’ve never seen/used either!).

Made of Maple and Walnut, with a strip of TPI cloth attached to the board; remove fiber with Walnut sticks, using a technique that allows you to form blended fiber into Rolags.

Joshua makes a limited number of boards; to my understanding, custom made on a first-come basis of which he limits the amount per week. I will try to confirm this in the next week or two.

Blending board:


Finally, Joshua amended the process and design of his Tibetans as well as developed a new system for balancing each spindle.

** correction **

Joshua pointed out that I misunderstood the new method of turning his Tibetans; best said by the maker himself, Joshua explained, “I don’t turn the shaft and whorl as a single piece. They are turned seperately and glued together after completely finished. I put the two pieces together without glue for balancing. Once that is done then I glue them up and have a finished spindle.” (Thank you for correcting me; the article continues as originally written below).

Joshua announced (on Rav.) that the shafts are thinner, spindles seem to spin faster and new Tibetans are easily discerned from his “older” design with decorative lathe work above the whorl.

Each spindle is individually balanced. If your spindle contains a small round “spot” on the bottom of the whorl, no worries — this is merely a slight adjustment assuring weight is distributed equally across the whorl.

New Tibetans:



note the design above the whorl, found in all new Tibetan designs.

Phil Powell

Many spindlers like myself look forward to Phil Powell’s OOAK fiber arts tools that show off the rare and beautiful woods of which he enjoys turning (see my niddy-noddy post). Also selling fiber arts tools on Etsy, you can find nostepinnes, darning eggs, metal-tipped Russians and…

Russians with Swarovski crystals as points!

Coined his “gem-collection,” as of now, Phil intends this to be a unique line of spindles.

No worries to those of us who enjoy his faster-than-a-speeding-bullet metal-tipped spindles; and exciting for us collectors, amazed at the interaction between crystal and wood.

Fine spinners, note that they might not spin as fast as metal — purely due to the difference in the friction that occurs between point and surface. That said, I heard one spinner thought it just as fast (second-hand info, so interpret as you wish)

Without comparing the two, spinning on a Swarovski crystal…just plain cool.

Each spindle in Phil’s gem-line will be inscribed “proto,” with a numeric identification and Phil’s customary signature — whether purchasing to spin, collect or both…the validity of each item will be clearly marked.

With less than 15 made at this time, I am excited to post some of the earliest pieces from Phil Powell’s gem-collection — each spindle skillfully turned to highlight the beauty of an exotic wood that causes a carefully chosen/placed crystal to shine:




Three talented spindle makers, keeping the world of spinning exciting and spindlers saving to expand his/her collections!

PS: I don’t have any photos or specifications….however, Ian Tait (IST) has added Tahkli’s to his spindle line-up!! Whorls are either made by hand with brass or with coins — expect to see these on his website soon! Very cool.


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Intros and descriptions that will lead into interviews (I know, I’ve been stuck…but taking a “fun” approach and words are flowing — just want to post all intros at once)

New interviews: Shannon Shanks of Broken Pattern (etsy); Phil Powell of Custom Wood Designs (etsy) and Ian Tait of IST Crafts (http://thewoodemporium.co.uk) have all agreed to mini-interviews — all are very busy, but I’m excited to share work by each!!!

And new items and designs in 2 shops (more info below); and my thoughts on bowls.

Insights to upcoming mini-interviews:

Shannon takes a very organic approach to wood-turning and my spindle-collaboration reminded me very much of the process used by artists and artisans I’ve known throughout my life. Broken Pattern contains a range of different fiber arts tools as well as a variety of hand-dyed and hand-spun fibers.

Shannon created a spindle with a silk-like tulipwood whorl:
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Phil Powell has a shop filled with exciting fiber arts tools, with rare woods and unique designs — nostepinnes, darning eggs like this recent beautifully figured black/white ebony beauty:

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He makes beautiful drops and recently developed a design for metal tipped Russians — and they are FAST!!!

Cocobolo and Burmese Blackwood spindles — my first 2 metal-tips! — with 2 different preps of DebsFibers (etsy); preferring sushi batts over nests (though both are prepared with the care of a friend and eye of an artist):


I’ve since experimented plying Deb’s fiber — traditional 2-ply and my first N-ply (Navajo or 3-ply) spun/plied on the Hansen.


**NOTE: Metal points have the potential to ruin wood bowls, esp. softer woods.

I personally use stoneware (over regular ceramic) surfaces in the form of spoon-rests or small spinning bowls. The ones in the photos below were made by Julie Cavender at Willow Tree Pottery (etsy). Her spoon-rests are the perfect size to slip in your purse or project bag and these small spinning bowls contain a smooth thumb-sized divot in the center perfect for support spinning. She was able to make a mini-version to fit inside me S-shaped “lap bowl” Joshua (texasjeans) designed so that I could spin sitting in my wheelchair (my goal was to spin outside, his creation works everywhere for me; and, now with Julie’s help, I can use any spindle anywhere too!)



This last bowl, much larger than the others, was a recent gift from my mother. She brought it back from a trip she made to Argentina when my Grandmother was reunited with her sister after 40 years! They were born in Sicily and immigrated to two different countries to marry; my Grandmother never saw other members if her family. A beautiful bowl from such a significant trip! :)

I only store fauxlogs and small nests of fiber of projects I spin from bed — I'd never risk using this for spinning!


Ian Tait started out making tapestry and lace bobbins, but soon started selling drop spindles. Concerned about the environmental impact of using certain woods, he tops a sycamore base with a thin slice of exotic wood — his way to offer the best of both worlds. He also makes Russians (with or without metal tips), Turks — with the option of brass weights in the wings to elongate spin and, most recently, added a Tibetan, with a tulip-shaped whorl:


Sycamore bowls w/a trim to match the wood of the Tibetan are also available.

I started spinning an AWESOME Merino/SeaCell blend prepared in easy to spin pencil roving by Kimber at Fiber Optics — Once the stock is replenished, I recommend no-one purchase any….until I have enough time to buy more for myself! LOL

I seriously recommend giving this blend a go…I’m not often blown away by new things, but colors, prep, package…the team at Fiber Optics is very talented. Here is my attempt at a “neat” turtle with this super cool roving, spun on an IST Turk with bog oak wings, ash shaft and a reinforce tip for spinning semi-supported in the wheelchair Ian was kind enough to add for me:



So, I rarely make shop updates listed on Ravelry — even if I do, most items fly off virtual shelves too fast; if a 30 second window exists…well, most spindles are too long or heavy for me to just outright purchase.

Yet, I still look at recently sold items and try to keep up on different trends and styles.

First, I must say Enid Ashcroft seems especially inspired in her work over the past few months. I admire her as an artist and person; and certain designs of late…well, the wood, the attention to detail, the courage (Paduak Russians with sap wood! How is that possible?!), new designs — beehives in almost every style, and, although not a new item, Enid has included drop spindles (made in the Blossom and Pagoda styles that give her other spindles a unique artsy flair and, most recent to appear, a beehive drop) in her shop almost every week.


Art. Functional art.

And, No Worries — she hasn’t stopped making the lovely spindles that first caught the eye of spindlers like myself; as seen here with 2 spindles gifted to me — a sheoak Russian with matching bowl and a mini-Turk, with a purpleheart shaft (not as purple as photo suggests) serving as a backdrop to Yew wings:


(yew is so very cool; fiber optics pencil roving — closest for my first test spin!)
And, last but not least, Joshua Lynch of TexasJeans (etsy) has added 2 new spindles to his line-up: Tibetan and Victorian Lace Spindles!!

His Tibetans are made with the same thin flick many of us enjoy using, with attention to speed, balance and longevity — and they spin impressively long! Shafts are maple, curly maple, walnut and cherry, with 2 styles of whorls in a variety of wood choices.

A few examples from his sold items:


Made ideal for me to spin in bed, car or my wheelchair, Joshua made a custom Tibetan with a curly maple shaft and maple burl whorl — completely “wowed” and grateful for the care he took in creating this spindle for me, I fear my photos do not do justice:



Stay tuned for these and other updates coming soon to a blog near you!

And, thank you to everyone for your patience — although out of my control, I hope things will start moving along quickly…

Feel free to leave a (kind) reply below.

Suggestions are always welcome as are guest writers — feel free to e-mail me at spindlers_musings@earthlink.net


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As sure as Mel Brooks failed to offer History of the World: Part II, this spindler has yet you bring you Rhinebeck: Part II; whilst not a sequel, health, family and life in general has resulted in more delays…frustrating, but out of my control.

The unfinished addendum focused on my time with Kevin and Beth Hansen and their electronic spinner. I learned a lot that day, my time with the Hansen’s a great finale to meeting so many interesting people and seeing the variety of items that make up the world of fiber arts.

Following a hands-on demonstration where I was able to practice using this well-made spinning machine, agreement from my friend and her sisters (whom all seemed impressed with The Hansen’s and their namesake device), I felt fully confident investing in the Hansen e-spinner.

Already, A++ for customer service; most recent: Kevin’s super-fast e-mail reply answering questions regarding battery recommendations. Once I knew I could easily operate the e-spinner home-alone, extra bobbins, a narrow orifice tube and quill attachment easily ordered from the Hansen website also arrived in super-fast speed.

A beautiful maple exterior, simple design, easy for me to pick up on (if you don’t recall, only mere hours earlier I saw a real life spinning wheel for the first time!) and the ability to use from bed, makes this another “tool” that allows me to spin on days I otherwise would not be able; I hope it will increase my production of finished yarn ready to knit or crochet, as it physically takes me longer and longer.

So, yes. I invested in an e-spinner.

Yes, me — self-proclaimed spindler that I am.

And, yes, I like using it.

Yet, it cannot replace my hand spindles.

I feel lost the mornings I am unable to spin in MY living room chair, which, BTW, is in the wrong spot! An issue I have struggled with for many years now. My mother, one of THE MOST caring, loving human beings I will ever know, decided “change is good” and moved MY chair over a year ago. I suggested we move HER chair, so she could reap the benefits of rearranging the living room, but no…she respectfully declined. Just like the only change in congress, the only change in our living room had no benefit to me.

In fact, the power of feng shui is dead in my world…a quick demise for a victim lost in the throes of a struggle in the name of change. Specifically, when it comes to moving MY favorite chair from it’s corner, where all MY favorite chairs spent their days from the time I was a young girl to the present, where I now live at home as an adult…change is NOT good.

I’m not bitter or upset though.


So, I sit in front of the picture window, looking out toward the dining room (table’s in the wrong spot now too! oy.) with one of my three favorite spindles — 2 Russians and a Tibetan. Always, my morning meditation involves spinning one of Loop’s bumps — this particular one is only for mornings. I keep 2 spindles in the bag the fiber came in and grab an S-shaped “lap-bowl” Joshua Lynch designed so I could spin from the wheelchair. It easily works from anywhere — wheelchair, bed, car, LR chair in the wrong spot …

I used to do yoga. Starting off every morning centered, energized; ending my days in poses that drained away the stresses of the day. For awhile, I worked with someone on modified poses for home and sessions in her office, where ropes built into a wall supported and enabled many poses I thought no longer possible. This was pre-wheelchair and other health maladies.

I miss yoga. I miss it very much.

In it’s place, beginning my own meditation of sorts: spinning. Using one of two spindles special to me — in part, because the kindness of the talented individuals that made each; in part, because they are so beautiful; in part, because they bring me the most JOY.

We all have gems in our collections. The one made with your favorite wood. The one that seems to spin forever, effortlessly. The one that fits you hand just so, as if it were literally made for you. The one that came unexpected, that you had extra money to buy, that caught your eye, that has an OOAK property….

I enjoy spinning a great number of my spindles, but two more than all others.

(And, no, I won’t reveal which 2 they are!)

But these 2 spindles helped me accept an important change. (Not the mis-placement of MY chair.)

Maybe choice is a better word.

No longer able to do yoga left me 2 choices: lay in bed missing yoga or find a new way to start my days. I struggled with this for the longest time, until the second of the 2 spindles arrived.

I was lost in the act of spinning. Relaxed, loving the beauty of this new spindle and how soft it felt against my hand — a perfect fit! — watching it spin (it was/is so smooth and fast I sometimes can’t even tell it’s spinning until it slows down! I’ve experienced this with others since, but at that time….this spindle was, well, meant for ME, for my hands — how COOL is that?).

Like saying a mantra over and over, the act of flicking the thin shaft, drafting, another flick to allow the singles to wrap around the shaft just below my fingers. Over and over, like holding a pose to release the stress of the day in my muscles OR painting — brushes in each hand until, viscerally, I knew my work was done.

Singles butterflied onto an ever-growing cop — I knew I found a solution.

All kidding aside, every day I am able, I ask for help to sit in the (ill-positioned) chair and start my day spinning. Not a traditional meditation, but I’ve never been much for conventional ways — in my life, they seem to serve as a place of which to jump off. An understanding of the results of practices like meditation and yoga and an openness to discover I don’t need them to center myself.

Complicated? Never as much as I make it out to be.

Difficult? Yes, sometimes it is difficult when no longer able to do something I love. Something, like yoga, that I would never choose to let go.

Sad? No. Not if my life is defined by limits.

Limitations, like convention, can be a place to dive into the water, with open heart and mind to discover all that is possible.

I’m rambling; it’s late, I’m tired and still want to finish editing more content for the website and blog…but I cannot stop thinking about the importance of possibility. Of how, especially at first, the moment life changes, the moment we look down and no longer see the foundation of which we thought secure to stand upon…

What does one do without ground to stand on?

We fly in the air,
We dive into the water,
We call aweather the wind,
We recognize the earth below.

We realize our feet are never firmly planted in the ground,
They can’t be.
They never were; but —
We know we are OK.

Comfortable in the groundless-ness,
We can see possibility.

Maybe possibility isn’t yoga today; maybe not ever.
I remind myself THAT is OK.

And spin.
Starting over again, each day I am able, with a bag of fiber in the mornings and a spindle.

One of 2 that are so special to me; spin perfect, soft against my hand and bring such JOY — I become lost in the process…

(so lost, some days I forget…the chair on which I sit, is in the wrong spot)

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Since I have SO many cool things to share, I will split this into 2 parts. Below is the part 1.
Warning: Loooong blog below

My first fiber festival!

A friend and her family offered to take me to the Rhinebeck Sheep & Wool Festival last Sunday (day 2; they braved day 1) and what fun!

The festival was much larger than I expected and I only wheeled around Barn C and a nearby building — but I do not feel like I missed out on anything.

First stop, a booth selling Yakity Yak, yak, yak AND some quivot. I touched the quivot! I did more than that: I picked up a skein. Well, truth be known, I picked up the skein thinking it was yak, saw the price (super expensive yak?) … then noticed a Q … rotated the label and saw: q-u-i-v-o-t.

If you have never heard of this fiber, I suggest you erase it from your mind (unless, of course, you are an avid scrabble player; if this is the case, q-i, q-a-t and z-o-e-a-e strategically placed will help you rack up points!).

If you have heard of this fiber, I suggest you erase it from your mind — it’s SO expensive you will be afraid to spin/knit it; if you are brave enough to knit, you will be afraid to wear it; and if you are too afraid to wear it, a loved one will invariably ask you to gift the item.

The yarn was so soft and beautifully dyed…

Quivot? What’s quivot? : o)


I’m currently spinning a blend of merino, yak and silk in shades of green (will eventually become a winter set for my nephew/godson who was so excited when I first showed him the braids, he put them around his neck and ran off! Unable to get up, I waited. He came back and said, “aunt lis, where’s the hat? ha! No matter the number of times I relay the story, it still cracks me up!)

Yakity-yak, don’t talk back. (sorry, song is in my head & I could not resist)

I didn’t purchase the yarn or roving, not even the clever take-out pints filled with natural and bleached yak, because I didn’t want to spend all my money at the first booth. This is silly, as the yarn was reasonable and I had credit cards….just in case I ran out of cash!

I took their biz card…next time I clean my purse, I will order the yak.


Next stop, a booth filled with Lucets and other wooden tools: tapestry, naalbinding and knitting needles and crochet hooks (no sizes…ugh); he also had cool dishes that fit perfectly atop a wine bottle, so you can carry your wine and food stuffs at the same time! Curly maple — first time seeing this wood in person — finished like satin. The woodworker was very nice, gave me a lovely lucet-lesson and despite my crafty alliteration, the his name is also on a card somewhere in my purse (i.e., the abyss).

I purchased a handheld Lucet with a large hole for rug making.

No, I do not make rugs.

No, I have no interest in making rugs.

No, I do not use thick or bulky yarns.

But, I can, now, should the desire hit me.

The neat thing about the larger hole is that you can double up on the lucet — create a cord from a cord. Rather than thread, string or yarn…I imagine you could even lucet pencil roving. Well, depending on the fiber of course!

I am not sure if lucet can be used as both noun and verb; either way, the “lucet” paragraphs are filled with red underscores…apple’s dictionary and grammar check have yet to include a lexicon of fiber arts terms. \\ sigh //

Lucets vary in shape and size; all have a “horn” shape with prongs/tines averaging an inch to three inches apart and a hole in the body and/or handle. In addition to a handheld model, they can have handles, four prongs and I even saw one with a connected bobbin (on-line). Replacing a knitted I-cord, lucets can create drawstring ties, shoe laces and decorative edgings, sewn into spiral shaped trivets and, if the tool comes with a hole large enough to even out a wide lucet-cord, rugs.


Moving on to visit the first vendor on my wish-list, we rounded the corner to the loop booth. AMAZING.

Now, I don’t want to make recommendations or endorsements; I use a number of different shops and sellers willing to help increase my fiber stash. We all have preferences for where we choose to purchase fiber. Master dyers, natural wool or plant fiber selections, cool blends, custom work and even the preparation — batts, rovings, top…or clouds.


Like the indescribable masses of fiber plucked from the sky and dyed…by loop.

Steph, the woman behind loop, was warm, kind and welcoming; I hoped to meet her in-person, as she quickly responded to every question, message or loop-group Rav. post I have sent since I started purchasing her fiber. Short or long, I noticed a long while back that Steph takes the time to respond to each and every post in her Rav. loop group.

A talented and innovative fiber artist, best known for her use of textures and colors in her uber-cool art yarns and center-pull “bumps.”

A loop bump is easy spinning, with fiber carefully prepared in a bull’s eye swirl of color upon color. No prep. Easy for travel. Just pull the roving gently from the center as you would any center-pull ball of yarn. Like a handkerchief pulled from a magician’s pocket, the roving comes out of the 4-5oz. “bump” in one piece. Simple. Easy. A joy to spin.

Perfect for the wheelchair.

Each comes in a plastic bag, with a label identifying the different fibers and “button” closure.

If you use bumps, I suggest saving the bags for other purposes OR up-cycling. Credit for this idea goes to my dear Zia Nina, who up-cycles plastic bags from just about anywhere in this fashion: cut the bag in one long strip — like an apple peel; using alone or combined with yarn (heavy weight, consider…yikes! I’m going to write it: a store-bought yarn) you can knit or crochet a variety of different items including: coasters, placemats, trivets, bags, rugs for the car, welcome mats, small purses … the only limit is your imagination.

Steph also creates and sells art yarn — very impressive in-person. I didn’t expect them to look so cool…I decided it best to hold onto my wallet and wheel on past!

Stopping at the loop booth, meeting Steph … a highlight of Rhinebeck…for sure.


We stopped at random booths here and there. I got to see Kundert spindles — the ones with whorls made of multiple woods. Wow! Impressive woodwork and much larger than I expected!

Booths contained many spindles from unknown makers — some were gorgeous, some…eh, and many were expensive. I was disappointed that a few booths with lovely spindles were unable to provide a name (even if unknown now, I don’t like to buy “anonymous” spindles…if it’s not a match — it can be more difficult to de-stash a spindle you cannot provide information about; of course, depends on the spindle and whether this matter to someone looking to buy/trade). Many did not have the length or weight and, worse yet, men and women working a booth could not identify the wood(s).

Two booths had spindles I might have considered, if only they knew the weight and materials. In one display, most looked like mini-Victoria Lace/Queen Ann spindles — all had two woods and all were $50- I have a Victorian Lace spindle I paid half for, from a known shop that is twice as large. Granted, I find it difficult to use: too heavy and a design element that makes it beautiful also makes it a hassle for me to spin. I keep for it’s beauty. Yet, at Rhinebeck, I couldn’t justify spending so much money on a spindle without knowing something as important as woods.

Again, that’s me. If you fall in love with a spindle and weight and wood are not important to you…buy it. For the record, I will accept gifts…all pertinent info unknown! (lol)


Next stop: the Golding booth.

Wood: walnut. Every spindle…

Walnut. Ugh.

I thought I would be blown away at seeing Golding spindles in person. I know a number of spinners who love them — we all have our preferences. Even though the ones I’ve tried in the past, well, seemed wobbly to me, I thought I’d have a desire to try one at the booth. Nope. Same shaft, all whorls…in my opinion, it’s trouble. I want to pick up a spindle and spin…no patience for building up cops and weird hook things and fearing my life savings would be lost on a broken whorl (I drop my few drop spindles) … Maybe I am a low-maintenance spinner? Whatever that means…

And, walnut. Bleh.

I occasionally window shop at the Golding website — some whorls are very impressive. I expected to be swept away. But every single whorl, no matter width or length or weight or beauty sat on thin walnut shafts.

Walnut. Did I mention I’m not a fan?

Golding makes lucets. I saw them because my friend brought the basket down to my height.

Golding Lucets — not walnut!
Prices: well, if I were a rich girl…I’d still be content with my (maple) rug-maker!

And, where I felt welcome and enthused at booths like loop and my next stop…I wasn’t greeted with enthusiasm; in fact, the 2 people manning the Golding booth just sat and watched. No interaction (which I love), no excitement (did you see these items over here?), no help (if you didn’t notice our sign, we have roving for you to test our spindles ). I’m a people person. Seriously. I purchased a Lucet that can make rugs from a man who was friendly enough to give me a quick lesson.

I don’t know.

Maybe it was all the walnut. ick.


Next booth (and on my list even though I never spun their fibers): Fiber Optics.

So, the first few braids as I entered the space…well, didn’t do anything for me. Then, Color after color, braids and pencil rovings, interesting combos — like merino and seacell (dyed to sunny perfection).

And a lovely spindle display of…wait….they look familiar…

texas jeans spindles! In NY!!!

A range of drops and only two Russians left all made by Joshua Lynch (read about Joshua and his work under “spindle talk”).

We looked through the spindle collection and found 2 petite, lightweight spindles with short shafts and no sooner than I said I wonder how they spin? , I had a generous length of pencil roving in my hand to test-spin as many as I wanted!!!

Purpleheart/maple and Lemonwood/maple were the 2 petites; I happened to have the purple in hand (and I have to say, although not a big fan of purple or purpleheart, the whorl was made from an exceptionally lovely piece of wood). As I spun the roving — this tiny spindle, fast as the wind with a smooth spin…l could not resist.

And I’m mostly a support-gal. I do own 2 drops (one by Enid Ashcroft and a SpindleWood square mini, made by Steve Paulsen); both are lovely and both spin fast from the get-go — no hint of wobbling. Now, I have three drops. Carefully placed in a mailing tube, it looks like an abstract vase with flowers!

Back to the festival…

Kim, proprietor of Fiber Optic, was nearby and super friendly. She gave a sample of merino/seacell roving to give a whirl and, although I had heard seacell was a sinewy fiber difficult to spin…this blend was awesome.

Friendly, talented, super cool blends and colors…Fiber Optic was the second successful booth on my hope to see list.


Since this is getting long, a short interlude away from fiber-related topics: fried bread is NOT what it was when I grew up. And the girl working the booth, who I asked very kindly to cut the large round piece of supposedly fried bread, merely made lines with a knife. Sugar and lemon coating could not save this disgusting…er…um…food?

What happened to thin pieces of bread, fried on the spot, sugar sticking to the oil-soaked dough so you had to hold your breath while eating, lest choke because you inhaled sugar? Oy. Yet another tale I can begin: back when I was young…

If I’m going to clog my arteries with fried food, it should taste good (i.e., fried).

Still, even though this health-nut didn’t successful clog any arteries, Sunday was the best day.

Oh, And there’s more to tell!!!!

Rhinebeck: Part 2 will be coming along in a few days.

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The site is very close! Spindle Talk articles can be easily found vis a drop-down tab at the top or at the side navigation.

I signed up for a Twitter account. I don’t know what to do with it…but seemed like a good step.

I am still working on some articles I hope to finalized before I announce the site.

Banner and logo…I’ve drawn a creative blank, but hope genius will strike me (or someone else willing to share) mighty soon.

Things are coming together beautifully!

original post:

Thanks to the help of Anthony Garcia and Ariel Soulag, A Spindler’s Musings is finally taking form and looking cooler than I imagined!

I am very excited!

For those if you you have been privy to the stages of conception to web, I continue to appreciate your support and feedback.

You will find easy access to “spindle talk” pages — with a most recent interview with Joshua Lynch of TexasJeans.

Three additional pages appear in the upper navigation — “spindles,” “spinning” (which I like to think of as the “informational pages” — but too long a title) and “contact me.”

I set up an e-address specifically for this website. Although you can make comments on the very first page, commentary has been turned off for all other pages — I want to keep these as valid sources of information that can be used and expanded upon in the future. Personally, I feel too many comments can clutter pages — esp. those designed to be informational rather than opinion.

Recognizing that visitors may want to leave a comment, you can have a comment approved on the “hello friends” page or blog.

Although I’ve yet to fully decide how large of a roll the blog will play — just announcements or brief snippets into projects I’m working on or new tools I test or what spindles I’m using or…whatever.

If you’d like to hear about some of my personal projects, please contact me with feedback — I’ve never used a blog before and want this website to be most successful.

Please note that other than announcements, my blog entries should not be taken as an endorsement, recommendation or discouragement of any spindles, fibers, stores and so on. “Official” review and discussions will remain under “spindle talk.”

So, I know I still have some work to do — been a bit under the weather and unable to figure out how to make the site look/feel as I envisioned. I think it is coming along nicely, thanks to the two gentlemen helping in more ways I could list here.

We are getting close!
Please e-mail me direct for comments or suggestions.

Happy spinning!

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