He noticed that I've been spending more time lately using my spindle, and he offered to make me another one. How could I turn down an offer like that? Of course I didn't, and he created a high-whorl drop spindle for me using purpleheart wood for the whorl (the circle of wood at the top) and cherry for the shaft.
I've been spinning using the new drop spindle for a few days now and it feels wonderful in my hands while continuing to spin for a long, long time. Thanks, Marshall! I now have a small portable bag that travels with me in my Pathfinder that is filled with spindle necessities-the spindle itself, some wonderful fiber to spin, and a nostepinne to wind off my yarn (which Marshall made for me years ago.) Yes, this is old school spinning that is rather slow, but I find that matters less and less to me these days. I'm creating a soft singles wool yarn and having a great time doing it. All around my house are small balls of wool yarn, just waiting for me to knit up something unique. Oh, the fiber possibilities to dream about....
Enjoy your week,