The New Guest


I say guest but I don’t mean it.

For a (very) belated birthday present to myself, I ordered one of Gripping Yarn’s Russian supported spindles.  After some hemming and hawing, I picked out Kingwood as my wood of choice–I was a bit sold on the slight purple in the samples I saw online, though in all honesty the brown is predominant. I do love darkwoods quite a lot.

It arrived yesterday with a puff of merino inside. (I really should take box opening photos) I spent the hour before dinner playing with it, figuring out how best to use it (if you’re looking for help, might I suggest you look at this post by Fleegle? She does it long draw; Lisa Chan of Gripping Yarn also has a video on the webpage linked above, and is short draw as possible).

Quite satisfied and not sated at all, I turned my attention to my plastic tote–where about an ounce, maybe less, of the excellent Hollywood Hills alpaca is currently stored. I’m getting quite comfortable with it, and am starting to spin a bit finer and a bit finer–the shawl lace I want to spin with Vaquero is looking not so out of reach… though I’ll probably need to make sure on the rest of Ralampago. You know. Just to check.

Oh, you want pictures?

Remember to click to embiggen. The first one is here only because I love how the wood glows in the early morning sunlight. The rest, I think, can stand without words.

Isn’t he a beaut?


If you are at all considering a Russian spindle (or any supported spindle that doesn’t have a whorl), and still debating who to order from, I cannot recommend Lisa enough. She is polite, friendly, and clear–an utter pleasure to work with. Understand there is a touch of wait–all of these are custom made at time of order. I only waited two weeks for mine, and she does let you know where in line you are when you place the order and when she’ll invoice you. For the beautiful piece of art you’ll be getting, her prices are beyond reasonable–I was expecting to pay much more. (And personally, I find the shape of her spindles to be the most appealing to me)


4 responses »

  1. I will try to mention yarn notation again–I do believe I did a post about it years ago. In short, the 20/2 notation means it’s 2-ply, each ply has 20 meters per gram. 30/2 would again be two-ply, but 30 meters per gram.

    Lovely spindle!!!

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