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August 03, 2009



Absolutely beautiful! I have no idea how you can spin so thin AND stay sane at the same time, but I bet it's worth the effort. I would love to someday knit a beautiful lace shawl with my own handspun, but that day is far in the future. Your yarn looks so good!


It looks wonderful! What's with the paper on the shaft and the red and green O-rings??

anne marie in philly

pretty...are you going to dye it, or handpaint it?


So even! So fine! So gorgeous!!!


Your yarn is gorgeous, Ted! So beautiful!


very nice. i hope someday i can spindle so well - very inspiring work there. did you ply on the spindle?


The little rubber rings are magic! I have tried the paper on the shaft thing before but it is tricky getting started because I need to hold it tight while I wind on the first bit. But little rings I have....

Beautiful yarn. As always. (Or maybe you only show your beautiful yarn on the blog and who could blame you.)


"What's with the paper on the shaft and the red and green O-rings??"

Oo! Oo! I know!! The paper is the label with the spindle info, and
the o-rings are Elastrators (tm), which you should probably Google. o.O

This is an "off-label" use, but boy do they work slick to hold the leader on the spindle shaft.

Which of your Tracy spindles is that, Ted?


Thank you everyone, for your comments. Some answers.

Peter/YarnDude: Fine yarn is easier to spin than thick yarn. The challenge is spinning enough consistent fine yarn to make a shawl, but you start with a small amount -- maybe a scarf's worth -- and then proceed to spin enough for something larger (like a stole) and then graduate to spinning enough for a shawl.

Anne Marie: Yarn will be left the natural colour. (It's part of the plan...)

Lori and Kate: singles were spun on a 0.7 ounce/21 grams high whorl "heart". They were wound off into 2 balls, and then those were wound together into the ball you see in the photo above. I used a 1.7 ounce / 47 grams high whorl "heart" for plying; it's what you see in the photo.

The spindles are made by Tracy Eichheim at Woollydesigns -- http://woollydesigns.com/spindles/index.htm . They are not fancy (he makes fanciers ones) and I think they are tremendous value for the price. Excellent performance.

Linda Cunningham

Y'know, I really need to spin seriously on my spindle(s): I use my big old Turkish one for demos all the time, and the unknowing ooh-and-ah over how "even" my thread is, and for that one arm's-length, it is. Not all of them are that way though!

And I've got spindles I haven't spun on yet: nice, lightweight ones that, if I applied myself, would allow me to approach your expertise.

Silly things like deadlines keep getting in the way....

Gorgeous stuff, Ted!


This is very inspiring yarn, Ted. I've been away from my spinning for so long now, that it's going to be a problem, I think, getting back into it and getting good results. Seeing this, however, makes me want to start anyway.




Ted: your spinning is so beautiful!! Lovely--thanks for posting it.

Deborah Robson

Exquisite, Ted. I just finished visiting some friends and we were looking at textiles with magnifiers and discussing the "heirloom in an afternoon" concept of crafts. Thank you for what you do . . . heirlooms that take a bit longer, and joy along the path.

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