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?