Drop Spindles and my Girlfriend.

Well, I'm a bit of a knitter but have a knack for all things manual. My girlfriend has no desire to knit because it may bore her to tears. I don't blame her, it does bore me sometimes. However, she has shown interest in spinning yarn. So for her birthday I reserved a drop spindle class for us at the LYS. I, being a person that will latch on to something novel have already started looking at wheels. Whew! There are a lot to choose from and none cheap.
Slow down cowboy!! I think I should should start with just drop spindles.


If you want to try a drop spindle, you can make one using (2) old Computer CDs (more if you want the weight, a dowel (about 12 - 16"), rubber grommet or tubing.
I heard about it first on Knitty Gritty; but, I just went out and found a website that has one: http://danielson.laurentian.ca/qualityoflife/Fulltext/Textiles/Making_a_cd_drop_spindle.htm
That one looks about right, and it gives instructions on how to use. Easy, cheap, what more could you ask for? Good luck.

PS How long have you been knitting to be bored. I often watch TV while I knit, my wife at my side (she says she likes the little movements my body makes while knitting. She said it feels like the cat when it's in her lap preening.
I listen to Audio books. Http://www.audible.com has some great ones, or the radio. The reason I ask about how long you've been knitting is because it took me a while to be able to watch TV and knit. Plus, it depends on what you're knitting.


albert's picture

"Started" looking at wheels? Ha! You can run, but you can't hide!

Thor's picture

Ahh, yes... the drop spindle. I have already taken a spinning class on a wheel but I am going to back down... not ready for that level of committment just yet. But I have been looking seriously at some beautiful hand-crafted drop spindles at The Fold in Marengo, IL. The owner, Toni, has a wealth of spinning history and knowledge and has some truly one of a kind drop spindles from some very reputable craftsman. There is one guy out of Israel that makes these stunning, perfectly balanced, olive wood spindles... they really are works of art in their own right. I just need a moment to convince myself that I can stop knitting long enough to take the drop spindle lessons!

QueerJoe's picture

Once I learned to draft and spin on a drop-spindle, I had trouble spinning without thinking...gawd, I could do this SO much faster if I had a spinning wheel.

I wasn't sure that whether spinning would be a passing fancy, or a lifelong obsession, so I borrowed a wheel from a friend who wasn't using it. I kept it for about 3 months and decided spinning would be a lifelong obsession. I now own two spinning wheels.

Keep enjoying your drop-spindling until you can't stand it any longer...it will make the eventual purchase of a wheel all the more satisfying.

Does your girlfriend enjoy the spinning, or haven't you had your lesson yet?

MikeFTrevino's picture

I've been knitting for about 4 years. I cannot really look away from the project yet. I can look away once I insert the needle in the front or back. I get a little bored on those long stretches of K or P. This is another reason I have yet to start a really big project. I will because I like the process of knitting and the feeling that every stitch of a project was made by me, that the project was one long string before me but now it is wearable.

sonics's picture

They interest me also. The cost of the wheel is a bit much to see if you like it.

Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Trying spindles first is a good idea. Either by making your own or buying a relatively inexpensive one. Then, if you're lucky, you can either borrow a wheel form a friend or rent one from a local spinning/yarn shop. I mainly use spindles just because I enjoy them but, if I really got serious again, I'd have to get out my Ashford, tune it up and start treadling. BTW - To beat on my own drum...I can knit without watching my hands for a lot of projects, even when reading. It freaks out a lot of people but it's just a matter of practice and muscle memory. Now, if it is a complicated pattern, etc. I don't dare try it. Too many opportunities for a mistake. -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.