Monday, March 09, 2009

spindle weight and a distaff

So the winner of the guess the weight of the spindle is DebbieB (Debbie, please send me your address- I have something for you!)

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As you can see by the photo, the cop weighs in at a little over 1.5 oz. Add in the spindle weight...

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and your total is approximately 2.25 oz. Now I just need to ply this up and I am finished with spinning the cria alpaca. I'm anxious to see my total yardage numbers for Violette. Stats can be interesting AND educational for the spinner.

Thanks to Loyce for posting to the Antique Spinning Wheels Group on Ravelry about how she dresses her distaff for the Double Flyer Spinning Wheel. I had been having trouble dressing the distaff. I had tried the "ponytail" hang down method...and the cross-combing method, but the flax was too long, and it was getting tangled in the process of spinning. Loyce explained that to shorten the fibers, I needed to make a wider fan with the flax before placing it on the distaff. Thanks Loyce!

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I tried it out this weekend. My Ashford Traditional does not have the distaff accessory, so I improvised by using two wooden dowels. The flax looks very inviting, my fingers got itchy and I had to try it out, ... it works fine.

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When I catch sight of it out of the corner of my eye, I can't help thinking that my wheel looks like it is about to compete in a jousting tournament...the distaff reminds me of a big lance!

9 comments:

Anne said...

It does look like a jousting lance, complete with lady's favor tied on it.

Ravelry is just the absolute best for all KINDS of good information.

Jody said...

Your Quebec wheel is looking mighty fine. Drool........

DebbieB said...

That's a lot of yarn for 1.25 oz - it must be light and airy and soft!

Your wheel does look like it's ready for the Faire. What a lovely shot of your 3 wheels lined up like that.

Artis-Anne said...

Great photo of you wheels lined up ready for battele and your spindle spinning is awesome .
I lust after one of those Golding spindles

Phiala said...

That's a beautiful close-up of the distaff.

elizabeth said...

Let the games begin!!! Marcy posted several pictures last week of women with huge dressed distaffs, did you see it?

The Gingerbread House said...

Everything looks so wonderful...you did a good job with the spinning and your wheels are all lovely...Ginny

Lisa at Greenbow said...

Beautiful pictures Cyndy. I even enjoy reading all the Greek you are speaking. ;)

Laura said...

Did you know that there are pictures in medieval manuscripts of ladies jousting with distaffs? :)

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