Is it really possible I've let nearly a year slip by without a blog entry? Explanation would take many chapters, so I'll bypass that and jump in.
My passion for spindles has led to an expanded collection.
During a fabulous visit with my daughter in Massachusetts two weeks ago, I had the special opportunity to meet Sheila and Jonathan Bosworth at their home, and to browse spindles they had on hand. Oh boy, was it hard to choose. And to limit myself. I took home only three (not the ones in the picture).
Another recent favorite is this tangerine wood spindle, harvested and made in southern California. So beautiful!
With my fondness of the phrase, "whorl peace," of course I had to have this spindle!
Several exquisite support spindles have also been added to the collection this year.
And another Turkish spindle.
What is the appeal of the spindle? Why so many types? Why can't I stop?
It is an ancient tool, as efficient as a spinning wheel, and in many ways more elegant. Each modern spindle maker reveals the intrinsic beauty of the unique wood and applies their study of the physics of spinning to create a work of art.
I love slowing down, to create the geometric pattern of yarn on a Turkish spindle.
There is deep immersion in the heart, nature, and history that happens when I spin using a spindle. By the fire on a winter's day...
...or on a hike in the woods.
And a spiritual connection with my animals.
And there is the dreaming of the next spindle to, maybe, add to the collection...
I enjoy displaying my drop spindles, and I also enjoy using them.
I have always found it awkward to wind off from a spindle. There are some beautiful, but expensive spindle lazy kates out there, but I'm always looking for ways to repurpose things and do with what I have.
What about a fishing swivel...
The spindle can still hang, and the swivel allows it to turn effortlessly.
Haven't been able to afford a fishing license for years now, but knew that fishing gear would come in handy!