Apr 18

In the Spinning III class Wednesday night, we each sat with different fibers and test spun on the spindles Pat brought, plus a couple that I had.  Here are the results of my experiments:

1.            Russian Spindle – YouTube has several videos on how to use it.  This spindle weighed 1.85 oz.

russian spindle

I have to admit that this is not going to be one of my favorites.  For one, it was hard to keep the already spin singles from slipping up the shaft because the things is so smooth and slick.  Also, I need lots of practice with it.


This is what I ended up getting with it.  Because of the weight, it wanted to spin a thicker single, which I plied back on itself to create the 2-ply.  This is BFL (Graham  to be exact).  There are easier ways to get yarn.

2.            This spindle is a top whirl with the coolest rotating notch at the top.  Pat got it off of Etsy and I am going to have to look for one.  It weighed .70 oz and spun wonderfully well.

2nd notched spindle


This, too, is Graham’s BFL fiber and I love the soft and easy spinning that boy is.

3.            The next spindle is a simple on made with a dowel rod and one of those wooden wheels you can get at hobby stores like Michael’s.  It weighed 1.75 oz.  And I forgot to take a picture of it.

I think one of the reasons this spindle spun so well was the lacquer finish.  I think it had so little “drag” that it spun forever giving you plenty of time to draft.


Again, this is Graham’s BFL and this was one of my favorite spindles of the experiment.

4.            This spindle says it is a Nordic Spindle, and the Whirl is a separate piece that can be removed.  It weighed .85 oz.

Nordic spindle

I did not find this one to be the easiest to spin on mostly because it didn’t want to spin for very long.


Also, with as light a weight as the spindle is, I was surprised that the yarn I spun wasn’t finer.  Maybe this one just needs a bit of working with to figure out how it wants to spin.

5.            This tahkli type of spindle is made from a $1 coin and was purchased on Etsy, too.  It weighed .55 oz.

dollar takli

It spun like a dream for me when supported on a ceramic base.  I loved it and the yarn I got.


This is the first yarn I spun with it.  It is a merino and came out to be a superfine yarn.


Again, merino, and, again, superfine.  Loved this spindle!!!

6.            This spindle was like #3 above, but was lighter only weighing .95 oz.

small shiny spindle


Just like #3, this spun very smoothly and for a very long time.

small shiny

And, I loved how Graham’s BFL wool came out on it.  This spindle was gifted to fellow spinning student, Brenda, by Pat and Brenda was so thrilled to get it.

7.            This spindle was a carved bit of bone on a Clover DPN – Clever!  It weighed .35 oz.

bone spindle

Now this spindle spun very well when first started, but the bone part was not perfectly round and it wobbled as it slowed down.


Still, it allowed me to spin a very fine yarn from the BFL and I think I could just get used to the “wobble.”  It is a lovely spindle.  Though, if I were to buy one like this for myself, I’d want to make sure the balance was better.

8.            This spindle was identical to #2 above and it spun just as well.  As soon as I get my tax refund, I am going to have to take a tour of Etsy.


9.            The next was a large Turkish spindle which weighed 2.1 oz.

Due to its size and weight, it did really well making a heavier yarn.


I got a good fingering weight from 2 plies, but anything thinner wanted to break while spinning.  But that’s okay.  I like fingering weight yarn.  Pat gifted me with this spindle and I am looking forward to spinning more with it.

10.          Baby Turkish spindle – This is the one Lizzie is holding in yesterday’s post.  I did not weigh it because I would have had to remove what yarn was already on it and I didn’t want to do it.


This is merino and I really enjoyed spinning it.  I may have to find some “doll-sized” spindles to add to my arsenal.

11.          This Mayan-type of spinner is odd, but lots of fun once you get the hang of it. It weighed 1.4 oz, but I am not sure that it makes any difference since it is not “dangled” as you spin.

hand spinner spindle

It came from Fancy Kitty and there is a YouTube video on there on how to make it work.  I found out that if you hold your tongue just right, it helps.  Pat gifted me with this spindle, too.  I want to spin with it at the State Fair this summer since no one has ever seen anything like it before.


The fiber in this is just plain old wool from a very mixed breed sheep, but it spins up beautifully and is soft.  I need to practice drafting with this better to see how fine a yarn I can get with it.

12.          The spindle in this experiment was made with a metal shaft and a lava rock as the whirl.  I forgot to get a picture of it, but it was heavey – 2.25 oz.


Using the BFL, it spun a chunkier yarn, about DK weight when plied on itself.

13.          This spindle was just like #5 above but weighed .45 oz.


I loved spinning on this, and, bless Pat, she gifted me with this one as well.

This has whetted my appetite for testing more spindles to see how they spin – also finding ones made from different materials and comparing them.  What fun!