Tiny weeny spindle

my Lilac-wood Turkish Delight

I have a weakness for spindles. Only one spinning wheel, but the spindle count is above 15. Not sure how much above 15.

I love that they’re portable, and I love the sculptural quality of the spindles I choose. My latest love was spotted across a crowded Silk Retreat room — it’s a Jenkins Turkish Delight.

I’ve been a staunch top-whorl girl since I learned to spindle. But this thing was so freaking cute, I couldn’t resist. Especially with yarn on it. You wind the yarn on over two arms, under one, and that gives a nice, plump square-shaped cop. At right, you see my little Turkish Delight, with the beginnings of a cop. It’s very lightweight, and so I’ll be spinning a laceweight that I’ll ply later. I’m in no hurry. I just like to play with it.

I thought it’d be hard to spin on, but it’s not. It spins long and fast, like a crazy rabbit on crack [this is a good thing], and is so very, very pretty.

Ed Jenkins makes every spindle by hand, and in this case, he made this one for me out of Lilac wood. Lilacs remind me of my Grandma, and I couldn’t choose anything else. I love that there’s a little vein of natural purple running through one of the crossbars, too.

Here’s a video with instructions on how to wind onto this spindle, via the lovely Mrs Jenkins, Wanda.

The tiny Turkish Delight too big for you? Go peek at Ed’s newest invention, the Kuchulu. Not sure how long I’ll be able to resist this one. Should I even try?

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22 thoughts on “Tiny weeny spindle

  1. Maya

    I got my Turkish spindle a few years ago. Mine is the standard size. I LOVE mine! I love everything about it. Jenkins is the best in my book. I haven’t found another spindle so far that has made me so happy.

  2. Cecile

    Oh this is such a darling spindle! Same as you I am top-whorl girl but succumbed to the utter cuteness of tiny Turkishes… I’ve got one from IST Crafts (10g Zebrano wood) and I absolutely love it: the arms are shaped with lovely curves, based on musical instruments.
    (You can see it here if you’re curious: http://waysofthewhorl.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/the-spindle-tales-bottom-whorl-the-turkish-spindle/)

    I think there might be a Jenkins one in my future too…

  3. Leslie

    Beautiful spindle–I’ve recently started adding to my collection again after falling in love with supported spindling. What’s the weight of that Turkish spindle?

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  5. Rochelle

    I love my kuchulu. I’ve gotten used to the flicking again and it spins, as you say “like a crazy rabbit on crack.” I’m sure you’ll be adding a kuchulu to your collection at some point.

  6. Michelle

    Actually, Ed’s newest creation is the Aegean Turkish spindle; I have one in holly on order. I also have a standard and a Lark/Jay combo. LOVE my Jenkins Turkish spindles; before I discovered them, I could spindle, but didn’t enjoy it.

  7. etcgirl

    I have spun a grand total of once. But my first spindle purchase was a Jenkins purpleheart turkish. 🙂 How can one not admire the workmanship of a tool so fine, that breaks down into pieces which fit in an eyeglasses case? (And yes, the once-spinner owns more than one spindle. Just waiting now for the 28-hour day.)

  8. Lise

    Jenkins spindles are beautiful, and ADDICTING! 😉 Amy, you are responsible (a few years back..2005) for my first spindle purchase, a Cascade St. Helen. The spinning bug did not bite, but the tool collecting did, so I am the proud owner of many beautiful top whorl spindles, that sadly have not been used! Fast forward to 2009, and I too saw a Jenkins from across the room..the difference being, I actually spin with mine now! I love Jenkins spindles, and love collecting them all! They spin like a dream, and in my opinion, are guaranteed to turn even the most skeptical into a spindle spinner. 🙂

  9. Maureen

    It’s best to have all three sizes of Jenkins spindles, as far as the traditional Turkish go. They look so nice as a family!

  10. CambriaW

    I got my Jenkins spindle about a year ago, and my yarn shop is on the whole-sale wait list. I just love it! It really made all the difference in my amateur spinning ability, plus they tossed in a little sample of really lovely fibers so I could try it out as soon as I got it open (can you say ‘silk hankie’?).

  11. Maureen J

    I saw the wonderfully tiny Kuchulu across a crowded room at the Silk Retreat and immediately put it on my Christmas list, then got both it and the Turkish Delight. The Turkish Delight is certainly more of a production worker, but the Kuchulu is so captivating you just want to hold it.

    I haven’t yet figured out how to wear it as a necklace, as the woman at the Silk Retreat did. She was surrounded by fiber fanatics, many on their cell phones putting in their orders. I wonder if the Jenkins ever found out what caused that spike in sales.

  12. shannon

    I guess with this kind of spindle, you can’t just slide the cop off. I guess you wind it off into a ball?

    1. Cecile

      The beauty of the Turkish spindles is that the whole whorl (the arms with the cop on them) slip up the shaft. You can then slide each arm out and end up with the cop standing on its own as a ball of yarn without having to wind it up. Magic!

  13. yarnstruck

    Beautiful, and lilac wood – I didn’t even know things could be made from that! Also wondering, did you ever figure out who makes the spindle with the twirly pigtail for a hook? Would love to know where to get one of those. <3

  14. Sharon B

    I adore turkish spindles- creating yarn with a spindle is my first spinning love…
    I will have to save up and have one of those adorable Kuchulus sent my way Down Under! 🙂
    Thank you for sharing delightful spinning news like this with us!

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