I’ve found what looks to be a great resource for learning to use drop spindles: The Joy of Handspinning
My parcel of goodies arrived yesterday, and as I did manage to finish my table runner (more later) I let myself open it to find my two new reeds and a 1kg bag of cleaned and carded wool. My preference is to clean and card my own wool as well as spinning and weaving it but we do what we must for now. The wool is from Ashford and is very nice, I’m pleased with it at the NZ$18 per kilo I paid for it. It will also be great for a few of the weaving projects I’m keen to do.
20 minutes late: I’m trying to take heart from “Kathryn of the Hills” when she says:
“…and the spindle falls, don’t be discouraged. Just pick it up and try again. Many people will tell you that it is called a drop spindle because it just dropped. Take your time and practice, you will get it with time. It only looks easy after you have learned how. It just takes a few minuets to learn how to spin; it takes a lifetime to perfect the skill.”
I grew up in a house that always had the tv on and a constant flow of people, activity and conversation going on, often, all at once. Now I find sitting in silence while doing my craft activities, as well as house work or cooking to be uncomfortable to say the least. I find tv can be good, but not when it’s a show that actually requires the attention of your eyes, I’m not one of those confident knitters or hookers who can take their eyes off their work, I need to see what my hands and hook are doing most of the time. I don’t really like talk back radio, adds annoy me no end and so do most of the presenters, but I’ve discovered audio books and a few podcasts that really do the trick. Even when working in the woodworking shed I can plug a set of ear phones in under my earmuffs and happily listen to a podcast while sanding timber.
My new found favorite podcast is CraftLit, available through iTunes. It’s a bit of craft talk from knitting, quilting, spinning and so on, but the majority of the show is a few chapters read out from a book. I’ve started at the very first podcasts and we are working our way through Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice (which looks to go on till podcast episode 19). I’m really enjoying the ability to concentrate visually on my weaving, sewing, crochet or woodwork while being pleasantly entertained in a non visually intrusive way. My other craft related podcast is WeaveCast: A podcast for handweavers.
Aside from craft, my other passion is reading so there is yet again another added bonus to things like podcasts such as CraftLit, but especially from audio books in that I get to do my hands on, eyes on craft projects and still get to “read”. I’m glad to find quite a few good books available, unabridged, in audio book form, but would like to see a lot more of them and at a little more reasonable a price, if they were priced closer to that of their paper counterparts I’m sure I’d get many many more of them.