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« on: February 15, 2008 04:25:29 AM »

Does anybody have instructions, or a link to instructions on how to make a kick spindle?

I really want a faster way to spin yarn than my drop spindle, but there is no way I'll be able to afford a spinning wheel. My aunt has one, but I live odd hours and it isn't very feasable to spend a lot of time whith her wheel. I am about to go on a very fixed budget (purchasing a mobile home on Monday *cross your fingers for me!* but will still have to pay land rental) and I'm terrible at saving money, so I thought that it might be easier for me if I can just buy the components for a DIY kick spindle as I have the money, then assemble it once I've got all the pieces.

I haven't been able to find any instruction on here, but I'm betting that one of you may have a link!
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« Reply #1 on: February 15, 2008 10:11:47 AM »

There was some discussion about kick spindles here:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=223173.0

And ideas about where to buy them from cheaply.
As for making one, I have seen a somewhere before but I can't for the life of me remember where it was, sorry.
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« Reply #2 on: February 15, 2008 04:12:13 PM »

I saw that thread, and actually found the peron who sells the kick spindles on both eBay and etsy. I know this may be hard to believe, but I really don't think that I'll be able to save sixty-something dollars for it. I'm that bad at saving money. Mainly because it's something that I really want, rather than need, so I know that I'd find more 'important' things I have to buy. That's why I'd like to make one. It would be easier to justify buying a piece or two every paycheck (I get paid 5-6 times a month, so would have the pieces in no time) rather than spending a lump sixty-something.
Thank you for the help, though.
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« Reply #3 on: February 19, 2008 11:33:57 AM »

I saw that thread, and actually found the peron who sells the kick spindles on both eBay and etsy. I know this may be hard to believe, but I really don't think that I'll be able to save sixty-something dollars for it. I'm that bad at saving money. Mainly because it's something that I really want, rather than need, so I know that I'd find more 'important' things I have to buy. That's why I'd like to make one. It would be easier to justify buying a piece or two every paycheck (I get paid 5-6 times a month, so would have the pieces in no time) rather than spending a lump sixty-something.
Thank you for the help, though.

I've never heard of a kick spindle! And now you've got my curiosity up! Tell you what, I'm gonna search for instructions to make one. I also cannot afford anything sweet like this either and would love to be able to make such a thing. I've toyed with the idea of trying to make a spinning wheel! Okay, which makes me think...I remember a lady who sells instructins for a spinning wheel made from pvc pipe! I think for 7 bucks. brb okay found it but the only way i can get to it is to type in my web browser "seraphina shawl". Scroll down until you come to crochetville link, (a great site) click it, and then scroll to the seraphina link. When the web site comes up clink on her home page link. You will then see her homemade spinning wheel. It might be an inexpensive (ahhh, the word is cheap!!) alternative. I have the instructions but cannot make one at this time. Got youngens in and out of the house that could tear up an anvil with a feather! Hoping this is useful! Catch ya later. Oh yeahhh, good luck on your housing purchase!

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« Reply #4 on: February 19, 2008 06:02:26 PM »

Just a quick thought, after looking at some at work online on youtube and such, Maybe you can get a long wooden dowel and add a hook that you can drill somehow in there and then sharpen or attach something at the end that is a blunt, but still pointed(maybe shaving or reducing it by sanding it until the right size). Then add a platform that has a small U cut, then a circle and finally a passage so your "dowel" can go through and then sit nicely in the "U" indentation on the plank. Attach that plank to another wooden board that is a bit thicker and have on the opposite end, sand or somehow get a crater or something so the end of the Dowel can sit in while its spinning. Finally Add something that is round or a fat donut type made out of something light but sturdy(rubber?) and affix it somewhere comfortable between the plank and the bottom so your feet can "kick" it. (also you might want do do something in the area where it will rest at an angle on the upright plank like decreasing the width of the shaft in that area and adding something slick on the "U". Hopefully this picture I tried to draw will somewhat make sense...Sorry just brainstorming at the moment. I am currently waiting for my spindolyn, but a kick spindle sounds fun. Good luck finding answers.
(quickie picture) :Kick Wheel Picture
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« Reply #5 on: February 20, 2008 04:16:14 AM »

Just a quick thought, after looking at some at work online on youtube and such, Maybe you can get a long wooden dowel and add a hook that you can drill somehow in there and then sharpen or attach something at the end that is a blunt, but still pointed(maybe shaving or reducing it by sanding it until the right size). Then add a platform that has a small U cut, then a circle and finally a passage so your "dowel" can go through and then sit nicely in the "U" indentation on the plank. Attach that plank to another wooden board that is a bit thicker and have on the opposite end, sand or somehow get a crater or something so the end of the Dowel can sit in while its spinning. Finally Add something that is round or a fat donut type made out of something light but sturdy(rubber?) and affix it somewhere comfortable between the plank and the bottom so your feet can "kick" it. (also you might want do do something in the area where it will rest at an angle on the upright plank like decreasing the width of the shaft in that area and adding something slick on the "U". Hopefully this picture I tried to draw will somewhat make sense...Sorry just brainstorming at the moment. I am currently waiting for my spindolyn, but a kick spindle sounds fun. Good luck finding answers.
(quickie picture) :Kick Wheel Picture

Hi Kanhoro! That is a great pic. Wish I could draw like that! Do use a program of something? Anyway I wonder if you could put up a link for a kick spindle and a spindolyn (?!) I've never seen or heard of these items. What is a spindolyn like? Again I gotta say great picture. So much talent on craftster. Thanks!

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« Reply #6 on: February 20, 2008 04:35:56 AM »

-Well for me, i used paint.net a free pixel drawing-thiny program, but you can certainly use other drawing programs, i just used lines and one gradient.
-A spindolyn is a supported spindle try searching it online, i belive she has a website where there is a small clip about it on that product page(i am at school at the moment and cant access stuff like that...)
-I also saw the mother marion wheel/kick spindle, just search on youtube in the search bar and there should be one.
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« Reply #7 on: February 20, 2008 08:05:18 AM »

Here's the link to the site with the PVC spinning wheel.

http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/donisfuff/index.html
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« Reply #8 on: February 20, 2008 11:11:21 AM »

I tried to look up pictures of a kick spindle (curious), then found this. I thought it might be interesting for you?
It's someone who made an other version of a 'kick' spindle, with using a simple drop spindle. Somehow attached to the roof  Cheesy
Maybe it's usefull??
This is the link;
http://www.spindlicity.com/winter2006/kick_start.shtml

Edit;    I'm sorry, I just found out she just used it for plying. But maybe you could change the concept a bit to create a 'kick spindle' as well?
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« Reply #9 on: February 23, 2008 04:49:18 PM »

Here's the link to the site with the PVC spinning wheel.

http://www.angelfire.com/journal2/donisfuff/index.html

hi tsuki! thank you for putting up the link. that is the next thing I gotta learn to do!! but ani't it cool how she made that spinning wheel? she says its slower but she prefers it that way so she can enjoy the process. again thank you much!
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