Spindles Are Everywhere!

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Is it my imagination or are people spinning on spindles more right now?

I don’t know if it’s because of summer and they are portable, but I have seen more spindle spinning around in person and on social media.

I’ve heard rumors that there are fewer spinners now, that the spinning trend is leveling off and maybe dropping. The rumor is that spinners are turning to weaving and sewing and not spinning, not buying fiber or wheels.

I know spinners aren’t going anywhere and that this is part of the ongoing rhythm of fiber crafts in general. I also think that spinners are turning to spindles again. We are spinning on all spindles, but I have seen a crazy amount of spinning on Turkish spindles. I’ve also seen more spindle classes being offered at fiber shows and retreats.

Am I imagining things? Are you spindle spinning more?

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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

10 thoughts on “Spindles Are Everywhere!

  1. Lety

    Nah, not spindle spinning more because in the hot summer, sweaty hands and warm, fluffy fiber are not a good combination. Although my wheel calls to me, I am resisting except on cool evenings.

    I do see more people sewing (including myself) and weaving. I think it’s just people diversifying. I think the gateway crafts are knitting and crochet and once people are hooked, it’s like quicksand and they can only dig in deeper. Mwah ha ha!

  2. JeanB

    Yes! I’m filling my empty nest with mad spinning skills….it’s my goal to master spinning after only dabbling in other for 5-6 years. I have an Ashford Traveler and tend to spin more in summer (I’m a teacher) when I can sit on my porch. I recently bought a Turkish and plan to master that as well. I joined Sheepspot’so fiber club/breed study this year. My daughter is headed to college, so I’m trying to fill my time!

  3. Leslie F

    We probably SEE more people spinning on spindles because of their portability. It is hard to carry your wheel to the baseball game or to the concert in the park!

  4. Aimee

    Well, since I only have spindles… Yes, I have been ‘spindling’. I did it in public recently without comment. But then again I was at a brewery with children running around, so maybe I wasn’t so “out of the ordinary”.

  5. Carol

    I have been wondering the same thing! Seems like there’s been an uptick in spindling activity. It is certainly a much more affordable entry.

  6. Donna

    Definitely a spindle person. Don’t think I’ll ever have the itch to get a wheel either. I can do more in those 10 minute at a time blocks than a friend with a wheel. Just finished 2LBS of superwash merino into fingering weight that turned into an heirloom baby blanket. Both were very enjoyable projects.

  7. Karrie

    I am not a spindle person but I am seeing more and more spindles of all shapes/styles & sizes popping up in the spinning forums & magazines.

  8. Andrea Schroer

    Everything ebbs and flows. 🙂

    Personally, I am excited to see spinners weaving and sewing. I think folks are “growing” and branching out into using their handspun in finished cloth and more complicated items (beyond the rectangular scarfs, towels, and placemats).

  9. Joanne Harrison

    I do because my legs do not work properly so either a too-expensive-for-me-to-afford eSpinner or a spindle is the only way I can spin. I enjoy the “zen-ness” of spinning as much as I do knitting or crocheting. The reward of having made your own yarn is also a great feeling of accomplishment – especially for someone with physical limitations.

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