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Manasi
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Posted - 01/13/2006 :  09:55:21 AM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw someone at my guild using a supported spindle - she let me try it & it was so NICE to use! She just supported it on her lap. I want one. One that's affordable ("Hmmm" I hear you say )
I've never been a spindle person but this looked like it would be so easy to take on road trips or long doctors visits!
Where do I get one?

:)
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RobA
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Posted - 01/13/2006 :  1:48:49 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Lots of places, Manasi. The Woolery (www.thewoolery.com) in NC has both Navaho style supported spindles and the Indian tahklis as well as spindles that are supported in bowls. I googled "support spindle" and got tons of vendor sites.



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RobA
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Posted - 01/14/2006 :  3:00:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Oh Manasi!!!!!! Look what you made me do!!!!!!!! LOL. While looking at supported spindles I found the Spindolyn at www.knittinganyway.com. So here I am, waiting for yet another package. Hope this works as well as they say.

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Manasi
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Posted - 01/14/2006 :  4:43:38 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Uh oh :) This would be the first time I made someone accidently buy a spindle. How is a Spindolyn different from the other spindles? I don't know very much abt other spindles...
So, is the lap supported spindle i'm looking for called a 'Navajo spindle'? I know it doesn't have a hook & i LOVED the fact that one could support it & not have to hang it!

:)
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truly violet
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Posted - 01/14/2006 :  5:06:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message  Reply with Quote
that is a very interesting spindle.....if i'd seen that before I got the wheel I may not have gotten the wheel!
bernie would have been really upset as he has had been trying to get me to buy the wheel since may2004

vi

who didn't buy it .........but was tempted


none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
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RobA
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Posted - 01/15/2006 :  3:23:16 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Manasi,

I am very new at spindles, but from what I have learned lately, any spindle that touches the ground/lap/chair/table -- i.e., that you don't suspend in air -- is a supported spindle. I found one designed by Priscilla Gibson-Roberts (knitting and spinning guru at http://www.paradisefibers.com/spindles/index.asp -- it looks to me as if it just has a long spindle so that it can rest on your chair while you sit. The Navaho supported spindle is designed so that the bottom point rests on the ground. and there are spindles designed to be spun in a bowl -- Susan's Fiber Shop has a picture of some of these and even a stick you can put under your leg to support a spindle, at http://www.paradisefibers.com/spindles/index.asp

The Spindolyn that I found is a bit more complex, I think, in that the spindle spins inside what looks kinda like a candle stick! I am really looking forward to it -- Vi, I will let you know what I think. The only confusing thing about it to me is that you would need to wind the fiber and yarn as you do on a bottom whorl, and I have only used top whorl spindles. Oh well, it comes with instructions!

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Manasi
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Posted - 01/20/2006 :  8:16:47 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
The spindle I saw was without a hook & it was small. i'm afraid i have a mental block against hooks. Besides that lady looked SO comfortable with the supported spindle she had - i wanted it right there & then!

:)
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RobA
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Posted - 01/21/2006 :  08:04:32 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Maybe it was a tahkli? Those are Indian in origin, I think, and I don't think they have a hook. There is a video I have read about, called something like Spinning or Spindling Around the World, that explores all the different styles and techniques.



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Manasi
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Posted - 01/21/2006 :  7:30:19 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
No, the tahkli spindles are kinda long & slender. the one i saw was pretty much like the other medium height spindles except it had no hook.
oh well. guess i'll have to ask that lady again. hmm

:)
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RobA
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Posted - 01/21/2006 :  8:45:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yeah, I guess you could Manassi! LOL. But it is impossible for me not to search for an answer. Have you seen an akha spindle? Here's a picture and some info: http://www.spindling.com/AkhaSpindle.html



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Manasi
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Posted - 01/22/2006 :  2:55:07 PM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
So, i went to my guild today & one of the ladies said that when drop spindles came into vogue, they kinda drove the supported spindles out. she said that her's was made by a man in Atlanta,GA who lives no more. She might be giving her spindle to a common friend whose husband makes them as an example.
She mentioned the akha spindle. She says hers feels a little cumbersome when it gets heavy with yarn. But she loves her supported spindle (this isn't the very first lady i mentioned - she's another one). She says she drops her drop spindle way too many times!

:)
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RobA
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Posted - 01/22/2006 :  6:28:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am MADLY in love with a support spindle I bought at my LYS over the weekend. It is the acorn spindle -- ceramic whorl and bowl. You can see it at this website -- http://www.susansfibershop.com/spindles.htm -- and on my blog. The SAME day I bought I ended up spinning incredibly fine yarn with the same top and roving that I get thick and thin with still on my wheel and on drop spindles!!!!!!!!!! I LOVE it. I am still waiting for the Spindolyn but I am already a convert to support spindles. Super portable, comfortable spinning, very light yarn results...



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Manasi
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Posted - 01/23/2006 :  09:30:11 AM  Show Profile  Visit Manasi's Homepage Send Manasi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Rob,
I know that the lighter the spindle - the longer you can spin. the acorn spindle seems like a really pretty spindle! (nice thing to carry around in public - so elegant!) i think i want to get one after i get the one that i've been after. hehe
can you spin thicker yarn on it too?

:)
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herbandteas
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USA
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Posted - 01/30/2006 :  01:13:20 AM  Show Profile  Visit herbandteas's Homepage Send herbandteas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by RobA

Oh Manasi!!!!!! Look what you made me do!!!!!!!! LOL. While looking at supported spindles I found the Spindolyn at www.knittinganyway.com. So here I am, waiting for yet another package. Hope this works as well as they say.

Let us know how this works out.....I love the look of it but the video was so dark it was hard to see.

Helaine in Olalla, Wa
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RobA
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Posted - 01/30/2006 :  09:30:47 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am really enjoying both supported spindles. I have not yet tried spinning aheavier yarn on the acorn, but the standard weight Spindolyn could certainly do a more substantial yarn. The Spindolyn is a "quill" spindle in that you do not need to hold it within a circle of fingers to keep it upright -- the base holds the spindle upright. Helaine, it is very little stress on the right hand. All the right hand does is give the spindle a whirl.



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herbandteas
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Posted - 01/30/2006 :  09:43:30 AM  Show Profile  Visit herbandteas's Homepage Send herbandteas a Private Message  Reply with Quote
[quote]Originally posted by RobA

I am really enjoying both supported spindles. I have not yet tried spinning aheavier yarn on the acorn, but the standard weight Spindolyn could certainly do a more substantial yarn. The Spindolyn is a "quill" spindle in that you do not need to hold it within a circle of fingers to keep it upright -- the base holds the spindle upright. Helaine, it is very little stress on the right hand. All the right hand does is give the spindle a whirl.

Oh boy that and the lighthouse design is attracting me to it. I have a friend who has a spindle so I am going to see what I think about it when I see her.



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tribalfyber
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Posted - 03/07/2006 :  12:11:44 PM  Show Profile  Visit tribalfyber's Homepage Send tribalfyber a Private Message  Reply with Quote
ohboy. stumbled across this thread inadvertantly.

does that mean it's my destiny to buy these spindles?

i'm a little clumsy with spindles because i waited too long to get my carpal tunnel repaired, and have some permanent damage.falling out of the tree didn't help either. the spindolyn looks like it may be perfect for me.
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azblueskies
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Posted - 03/07/2006 :  12:59:57 PM  Show Profile Send azblueskies a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I can see where spindles would be very addictive - they're so pretty and all are different. I'll be watching this thread to see how you like the Spindolyn. We saw an interesting one the other day. If I can find it again, I'll post here.

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HeatherLs2005
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Posted - 12/13/2008 :  2:02:28 PM  Show Profile  Visit HeatherLs2005's Homepage Send HeatherLs2005 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have the spindolyn. Everyone I knkow of online with one thinks they are good for decoration only. Hopy you won't be dissapointed.

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Originally posted by Manasi

Uh oh :) This would be the first time I made someone accidently buy a spindle. How is a Spindolyn different from the other spindles? I don't know very much abt other spindles...
So, is the lap supported spindle i'm looking for called a 'Navajo spindle'? I know it doesn't have a hook & i LOVED the fact that one could support it & not have to hang it!

:)
http://yarnahoy.blogspot.com/
I sell at http://yarnahoy.etsy.com

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MindyO
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Posted - 12/13/2008 :  8:15:33 PM  Show Profile Send MindyO a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Is there any update on this from anyone else who has used it? Because now I want one too... I also wanted a kick spindle but this looks like it would be more useful. I can't drop spindle in the car, too difficult and no room

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Katheroni
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Posted - 12/14/2008 :  9:41:54 PM  Show Profile Send Katheroni a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Manasi, Manasi, Manasi. Look what you started (and we're all continuing).

I haven't used a Spindolyn, but there's a video on the site where you can see it in use. I don't think I'd be into it, myself. But I could be wrong and at least it's a different motion, so it could be a nice break from the usual motions in spinning. To avoid strain, you know, and yet not have to avoid spinning :)

To see a pretty wide variety of spindles (both supported and drop) I have these sites bookmarked. I've not bought from all of these places, so I cannot vouch for them. I can, however, vouch for the enjoyableness of their websites:

http://www.the-wheel-thing.com/products/Spindles/Spindles.html
http://www.thebellwether.biz/
http://pweb.jps.net/~gaustad/spindle.html
http://www.wollwolff.de/
http://www.hatchtown.com/spindles.html
http://www.mielkesfarm.com/spindles.htm

Me? I want a pair of Russian Lace spindles and an akha. But I'm off spindle buying for the moment.
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