Good Gravy! After finishing my latest spin, my first on the turkish spindle, I looked back to see when I’d begun and saw that I’ve been nursing this spin along for nearly 6 months! I am powerfully happy to have it off my spindle! And yes – I learned a valuable lesson I can share with you regarding a turkish spindle.
The fiber was merino from Wonderland Dyeworks in the Mountain Meadow colorway, gifted to me by my Dear Daughter in Law Cindee, two years ago on my birthday. Although it was beautiful stuff of the highest quality, it managed to get pretty compressed from it’s travels with me to Greece and back again. Compressed fiber can be rescued by thorough pre-drafting and fluffing, but all this takes time and patience, and a level of fussing way above my usual.
I spun it fractally to create those pretty gradient stripes. I filled, emptied and refilled the medium sized Threads Thru Time turkish four times to get the entire four ounces. And those cops were darn good sized too!
My fancy wrapping method that I showed you in my Fancy Cop Winding post served me well in packing lots of singles on my spindle, but plying from those tightly wound little turtle shells was miserable, let me tell you. They didn’t feed well at all. I tried transferring the little shells to chopsticks in my homemade lazy kate, and finally ended up putting each in it’s own bowl, and plying from the outside of the balls- letting them bang around as I fought all the little coils and tangles. You can feel my pain, right? :sigh:
In the future, I’ll reserve the turkish spindle for those occasions when I’m intending to spin singles rather than plied yarn. And I’ll be much more careful not to allow my fiber to become compressed.
But, after all that: 650 yards of fluffy light fingering. Love!!!
All’s well that ends well.