While reading through some of my favorite knitting blogs, I saw a reference to Golding drop spindles at the Keyboard Biologist's blog. When I started spinning in college I gave drop spindles about ten minutes before I blew my entire savings on a spinning wheel. I just couldn't appreciate the technique and I wanted high production - sweaters. I spent many happy years preparing mountains of fleece and spinning to my little heart's desire.
Last year I realized that Knit Picks yarns would provide me with all the yarn I need for a lifetime so I gave my spinning wheel and tools to a young spinner who will love them as much as I did.
Then came the reference to the Golding drop spindle reference. I went to the site and I was enchanted. I miss feeling fiber flow through my fingers spinning into yarn. I know I don't want to go back to lots of spinning but maybe it is time for a drop spindle to fit nicely into my life. Portable and I could stick to small goals like mittens, hats and scarves. Yes, I ordered my spindle and it arrived yesterday. Last night I scared up some old fiber. Wool for practice and then some very yummy hand dyed roving and a big bag of camel/silk blend.
I love it!! The brass ring on the outer edge balances it beautifully and it spins forever! I need some practic which is why you don't see any spun up yarn. Give me a few days. Just like everything else in life, quality counts and this spindle is the best!! We are going to become good friends!