Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Notes from the Atelier - 10/7/2020



1: an artist's or designer's studio or workroom

With midterms fast approaching, I've been watching and listening to a lot of content. If my hands are busy then my brain is free to soak up whatever is going on. I've been itching to get back into spinning for sometime. In grade school we made drop spindles and learned how to spin, and while I'm certain it's in the garage somewhere, I couldn't find mine. 

At the beginning of the summer I ordered a 4" Hi/lo drop spindle from the Schacht Spindle Company, and some Targhee top. Top is similar to roving but the fibers are lined up, particularly for spinning. 

Apparently the world sold out of drop spindles and a few months later, mine arrived. It took a couple months before I actually had time to give it a go.

Targhee Top from The Woolery which, for you fiber and sheep nerds, is a Rambouillet, Corriedale, and Lincoln cross. 

I was surprised at how quickly my hands remembered how to spin. I'm delighted to find that it takes even less conscious thought than knitting, making it perfect for occupying my hands while listening, watching, or even reading.

Here is a little video of how using a drop spindle works. 

I've also gotten a chance to carve out the pages for my Book Studies Capstone project. Once midterms are done, I'll work on finishing this up before I head into finals. 

What are you working on these days? 


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