Jillian’s Spinning: Losing Spinning Tools

I cannot keep orifice hooks!  I have bought many and made many and they all disappear. Where do they go? Are they having a party with all of the single socks that my dryer has eaten? I have looped them on my wheel, hung a small bag on my wheel to keep them in, but they just jump up and disappear. Here are the hooks I have right now, plus the one on my Lendrum.

All the hooks I have.
All the hooks I have.

The beaded one I made and it’s out of wire that is too fine and will break soon. The other is a paper clip, which is what I almost always end up using.

I have a few questions for you:

  • How do you keep from misplacing your hooks?
  • If you make hooks what gauge wire do you use?
  • What hooks are your favorite? Show me cool hooks to buy.

Are there any tools you constantly misplace?


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

8 thoughts on “Jillian’s Spinning: Losing Spinning Tools

  1. nkiru onyechi

    I’ve given up replacing them. Now i just twist my yarn until it doubles back on itself and poke that through…

  2. Su1282

    I have the bent wire Ashford hook that came with my wheel. They included a bit of ribbon to tie it to the front maiden. It’s always there. Even when the wheel travels, the hook just dangles and winds up right where I need it. But my eSpinner doesn’t have a front maiden, per se, so that hook is always in a different/wrong bag!

    1. NinjaBex

      For the person above, I kept having the same issue with my electric spinner. Then it dawned on me, I tied the hook with some yarn to the cable for the foot pedal (or you could tie it to the power cable). As long as you tie it with a small tight loop that won’t come over connector it works really well.

      My favourite hook of all time is the Schacht Orifice hook, the wire is strong and springy so its impossible to bend out of shape.

      Tieing one onto each wheel is definitely the way to go to not lose them. Though I do like an unattached one as they work really well to help with ply back samples, and that doesn’t work when they are tied on!

  3. Laurie in Maine

    I still have the original Schacht hook tied to the screw on the side of my Ladybug… A unicorn clip is attached to the tail end of the same string for holding the singles or plies if I get interrupted.

  4. Renee Anne

    I’m one of those lucky ones that doesn’t have an orifice hole and, therefore, don’t need an orifice hook 🙂 I have a Majacraft Pioneer named Viktor (and he’s been feeling neglected). It was one of the things that drew me to him: no need for an extra hook to lose.

  5. Kallie Young

    I took one of those little wire picture holders that has a base to sit on your desk. I unfurled the wire curlie q into a hook. I have it standing on the table next to my wheel. With the heavy base I’m hoping it will be harder to loose.

    I’ve also tied little baskets onto some of my wheels as little tool keepers. Each has tags, oil, a hook and scissors.

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