June 18, 2014

summer spinning

somehow I always end up spinning yarn in the summers. not sure what it is, exactly, but that is just when the craving seems to hit me.

usually during summer i'm in california, so that's where all my spindles are right now. i didn't really want to invest too much right now because 1) I do already have spindles in cali, and 2) I have no way of knowing how long I will want to spin this time. so I ordered the turkish spindle that knitpicks offers, because it's cheap and I wanted to try a turkish spindle.

it was hard to get used to it, initially. not sure if this is a thing with all turkish spindles or just the knitpicks one because it's cheap, but the whorl kept spinning around and throwing off my spin. the spindle was lighter than I would expect a bottom whorl to be but heavier than my favorite top whorl that I use at home, so that took a bit of getting used to as well. but I'm fine with it now. not super in love with it, but I don't hate it, either. and of course, it is awfully handy to have your singles automatically be in a center-pull ball all ready for plying.

unfortunately, this was the only fiber I had here—again, most everything is in california right now. I want to buy more, but the price of fiber seems to have gone up a bit since I last added to my stash (3 years ago, because I never finish using anything), and I don't know if I want to spend money on this right now. I think I should just wait until I go home (most likely) in september, but that can be an awfully long time. at any rate, I'll at least wait util i've finished moving out of this apartment. which might be in two weeks, or it might be in a month, depending on the construction going on at my current building...

oh yes, and before i get totally sidetracked: the roving before I started...

and the finished yarn:


  1. I love how your spinning turned out! And the hat (from the next post) is gorgeous! I know the Knit Picks turkish spindle is not a favourite among many spinners so definitely consider eventually trying out other turkish spindles before writing it off :)

    Is there a chance someone can ship your spindles or fibre to you? I don't know what I would do having zero fibre around to spin with. You could also look into buying plain roving and dying it up yourself.

    1. thanks! I definitely do want to try another turkish spindle at some point.

      the thing is also that I am probably moving back to California at the end of the summer, so I don't want to have my mother ship my fiber to me and then not use it up and have to bring it all back again. I did cave and buy one thing of roving yesterday, so hopefully that'll keep me occupied for a bit.