I told you I ordered a bottom-whorl spindle, but it isn't here yet. (Duh. I only ordered it on the 19th.) But of course it's all I can think about.
Unable to spin on my new spindle, I have been lurking on some of the spindle-spinner groups on Ravelry. (I have found seven so far.) Last night I was checking out a group called SpindleCrafters. These are folks that make hand spindles, some to sell and some for their own use. A lot of them are just yummy - I had to speak firmly to myself before I started clicking on member's websites to go shopping.
Quite late in my browsing, a light finally dawned. Hey, don't I have an article around that explains how to make a spindle out of a CD?
It is my weekend to work Saturday, so when I got done in the office this morning, I headed to Menard's. I had never been there before, but their commercial jingle is forever implanted in my brain, so I thought I'd check it out. I am happy to report that they had everything I needed.
I hurried home to get cracking. Two unwanted CD's were not hard to find, but I couldn't locate a hacksaw. I'm sure Hubby has one with all his tools in the pole barn, but he wasn't home and rooting through the pole barn uninvited would be akin to him sorting my stash for me. Not cool.
I was so close to my goal of a bottom whorl CD! Could I really be foiled by lack of a saw? Heck no! Turns out a combination attack with a wire cutter and an exacto knife will get you though a 3/8" dowel if you want it bad enough. It does not get you a straight and smooth cut, but that is what sandpaper is for.
Say hello to my little friend.
I tried it out right away and it worked like a charm. Using a little scrap of teal roving, I produced what may be the smallest skein ever spun.
I am happy to report that this yarn is pretty dang even and nearly perfectly balanced. It has big plans to be a stripe in something someday.
In the spindle picture, you can just see a little heart I drew on the top CD with a sharpie. I needed a landmark to help me monitor the spin speed. Let your drop spindle stop spinning and down goes the spindle, breaking the yarn. So annoying. But the shiny surface of the CD makes it hard to see the spin at all and staring at the cup hook was making me dizzy. So the heart helps me see when I need to rev it up again.
I'm going to end with a picture of my little niddy-noddy since I don't think I showed it to you when I got it. Isn't it funny how the miniature version of almost anything is somehow cute? Although there are several cases where this does not hold true. Discuss.