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spinning dreams

March 3, 2013

I love tools, especially wooden ones and I love drop spindles

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 it wasn’t difficult to justify adding to my small collection

an early birthday present to myself

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a Turkish spindle from IST Crafts on the Isle of Wight in Great Britain

the arms are made from English Bog Oak from the East Anglian fenland basin, a forest submerged when ocean levels rose.

carbon dated to 3,300 B.C.

the shape of the arms allow for the insertion of  a brass weight and thus a rim-weighted spindle

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it spins effortlessly, like a dream

centuries ago, when I married a Britain, my in-laws lived in Ipswich in East Anglia

we lived in Portsmouth, looking across the water to the Isle of Wight

and I’m feeling a bit fossil-ish this year

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the fibre is a cloud like blend of yak and silk the colour of pewter

a heavenly spin

13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 25, 2013 2:46 pm

    There is something so lovely about spinning on a drop spindle. I still haven’t used one other than my handmade, chunky ones! It’s my birthday soon… Maybe I’ll treat myself!!! Such incredible history intertwined in yours. Lovely ;0)


    • April 25, 2013 3:34 pm

      Sammiam – nothing can compare to a really GOOD spindle that spins on and on. truly a delight.


  2. March 4, 2013 3:25 am

    i took a look at the lovely spindles…which weight did you get?


    • March 4, 2013 7:38 am

      Velma – I ordered the 10-15 gms. and it is 13
      Neki – the grandchildren were impressed with the fossils.


  3. March 4, 2013 3:19 am

    i like your concept of birthday presents for oneself anytime…really! a lovely spindle.


  4. March 4, 2013 1:54 am

    lovely shades of winter colors. happy early b’day. fossils are valuable 😉


  5. March 3, 2013 6:34 pm

    happy early birthday! lovely yarn and a very interesting spindle. it always amazes me the variety of woods that can be used. enjoy your birthing day, and happy spinning!


  6. March 3, 2013 4:58 pm

    What a lovely new spindle and spindle stash. I want to come over and play at your house!


    • March 3, 2013 8:28 pm

      Kristin – welcome, anytime.
      Anastasia – this one spins by itself and a fantastic history lesson for the grandchildren. birthday not till April, more time to justify another present or two!


  7. Renee permalink
    March 3, 2013 1:14 pm

    I am getting an Emily spindle from Adam’s workshop for my birthday! What you have is beautiful. Happy Birthday!


  8. March 3, 2013 12:30 pm

    Perfect present! I bought two drop spindles from IST Crafts, very happy with both, the man is a spindle stradivari.


  9. March 3, 2013 12:10 pm

    Oh, Jean, that is so gorgeous! Glad that you are treating yourself to such treasures, we can get a vicarious thrill.


    • March 3, 2013 1:56 pm

      Heather – I’ll let you have a spin
      Alfia – I was taking a chance because I’d never seen one but loved the idea of rim weighted. I wonder if it will play music?
      Renee – I’m not familiar with the Emily, hope you love it.


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