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On Saturday I went to the KIP event here in Tuscaloosa Alabama. I meet a group of ladies at Branes and Noble, and their group name is Bobbins and Needles. They are a group of ladies who are from the West Alabama Fiber Guild. Ok, back to my story. I learn how to drop spin yarn.... I made a drop spindle from a CD, hook srew, dowel and gantit. So, I started learning how to spin wool....About 10-15 minutes later I ask the ladies is there another way I can make a drop spindle. So one of the ladies told me that her husband made her one out of a wood toy wheel ,a dowel and screw hook. so today i went to Michaels and gotten a dowel 1/4" x 36" and 3 wooden wheels and a pk screw hook for only $4.20. So now I'll have 3 wooden drop spindles and a drop spindle made from a CD.

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jedwards's picture

u have convince me to make

u have convince me to make some more spindles

Tallguy's picture

You can make a spindle out

You can make a spindle out of anything you have. Many have used a knitting needle stuck through a potato. I've made a Turkish style spindle with some pencils and rubber bands.

You can find one on-line for a pattern you cut out of stiff card stock, and a dowel. It works quite well.

One time, on my way out to do a demonstration of spindling to some Girl Guides, I needed one more different spindle. Outside my door was a lilac shrub, that had many straight branches. I choose one that had the side branch at the correct position, and broke it off (didn't have anything to cut it with) and made myself a shaft with a hook at one end. And it worked just fine, ragged ends and all.

I've used a wire coat hanger. Cut it so that you have a straight piece with a 'shepherd's hook' at one end. You can get two good spindles out of one hanger. Just roll it along your leg. And when you are done, use the spindle as a needle and knit the yarn you just spun!

All you need it is a little creativity... and you can spin anything anywhere. And it doesn't have to cost a lot either. [have I convinced you to try spinning yet?? :-) ]

jedwards's picture

yes it is a very small world

yes it is a very small world

Alabama? Get out -- I'm

Alabama? Get out -- I'm from Huntsville! I went to school in Jacksonville -- Small world!

jedwards's picture

just go to Michael's Arts

just go to Michael's Arts and Craft store and get a toy wooden wheel for 0.79, a dowel for 0.49 and a pk of hook screws for 0.99. the dowel i got was 1/4" x 36" and it made 3 spindles. Chaplainkw that is the same material i from Michael's yesterday.

This got me looking on line

This got me looking on line for similar instructions. Check out this link if you like for how to make a similar version to what you are suggesting.

http://www.joyofhandspinning.com/make-dropspin.shtml

You guyz may get me into spinning yet.

RickeScott's picture

Sounds like you may be

Sounds like you may be getting hooked. I've never spun, but find hand-spun wool very beautiful. Look forward to seeing your knitted results.