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Spinning on a supported spindle

 
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Someone asked for a video about this, so I made one today. I'm spinning Shropshire wool which is not combed, and still has lanolin. Sometimes I brush some parts of it to make them connect better. I'm switching hands once in a while; I'm ambidextrous (I can also write and draw with both hands), but it shouldn't be too hard to learn even if you're not, and I think it's healthier for the body this way.

 
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That's amazing!
Do you dive in to knitting or weaving, and wash, or dye it later?
I am interested in learning more!
Thanks for the video!
 
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Haha, it was so funny to read in the daily-ish: "Did YOU ask Flora to make this amazing video about spinning wool on a supported spindle?" - what? Yes, I told myself that I must do this! ;D

Margie, yes I dye it later with plants from my garden. Super easy: just boil the skein with some citric acid and the plants of course. Then I knit a poncho!
 
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Thanks for the video, it was amazing to see you work. I have not seen a spindle since watching my grandmother many years ago. I used to help her with the dyeing by picking the plants and laying them out to dry then later bringing them in to her where she did the dyeing in an old laundry copper. This brings back pleasant times shared with gran.
 
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Thank you for the video, this looks fantastic! I am just learning how to spin on a drop spindle but this looks much more comfortable. I think I am going to need to try it! It looks like there are a number of different kinds of supported spindles, can you recommend a good choice for a beginner?
 
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Stefanie,
I tried first on a borrowed drop spindle and I didn't like it at all. It kept falling to the ground and I feared that it would break. And I could only spin while standing which was tiring.
The best supported spindle has a center of balance relatively low. It shouldn't be too light, because it will be hard to spin it when it's empty. And the tip shouldn't be too sharp because it will damage the yarn while spinning.
 
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