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« on: February 20, 2012 04:53:14 PM »

Hello spinners!

So, I have a janky drop spindle made from a dowel and some old CDs. I've used it a few times for spinning plarn (yarn made from plastic bags). I really liked the result, but I hated the time it took. I often thought I'd do more with plarn if I had a spinning wheel, but it's hard to explain to people that I'd probably only use the spinning wheel for plarn or maybe plying yarns together, and it's even harder for me to usually understand their recommendations.

Now that I've discovered the idea of rescuing yarn from ugly sweaters, I'm seeing more and more the benefit of some sort of spinning wheel. So many store-bought sweaters are made with super thin yarn, if it's even plied at all, and it would be beneficial to be able to ply some of it together to make a more reasonable thickness of yarn to work with. However, I know this would take FOREVER to do on my little drop spindle.

What kind of spinning wheel would work for this type of spinning? I don't think I'd need anything fancy. It would be even better if there was some way I could make one instead of shelling out a bunch of cash for one.

And, as a last question, do you think it would be weird if I showed up to a spinning class with the intention of learning to do what I want to do instead of the usual spinning?
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« Reply #1 on: February 24, 2012 04:53:07 PM »

Have you thought of making another, more sturdy spindle, and hooking it up to a power drill?  This would work best with a bottom whorl spindle.  Think along the lines of a mother marion kick spindle, only powered.  http://www.heavenlyhandspinning.com/e-commerce-solutions-catalog2.html

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« Reply #2 on: February 24, 2012 10:53:59 PM »

Have you thought of making another, more sturdy spindle, and hooking it up to a power drill?  This would work best with a bottom whorl spindle.  Think along the lines of a mother marion kick spindle, only powered.  http://www.heavenlyhandspinning.com/e-commerce-solutions-catalog2.html

It's funny you suggest that because my fiancee's been insisting on something with a power drill. I had to look up the kick spindle. I wasn't really sure how they work, but I kind of like them. Of course, I've been looking at all the spinning wheels with spools lately, so the possibility of spools that come off the spindle seem very appealing. Is there some way to put a sort of spool on a spindle? Maybe one with a removable top?
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« Reply #3 on: February 25, 2012 01:22:52 AM »

So in my google hunt for instructions on making a kick spindle, I found this:


Upcycled Kick Spindle 3 by spinningwitchery, on Flickr

The white part on the spindle is a pvc sleeve that's held in place by a small nail or pin. It looks like an awesome answer to the question about a spool on a spindle! Cheesy
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« Reply #4 on: February 25, 2012 06:28:57 AM »

There you go!  And you totally rig it up so that you could stick a power drill on the end, if you should want. Cheesy
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« Reply #5 on: February 28, 2012 11:02:00 PM »

Don't forget the great ole PVC wheel,
http://www.pjsadventures.com/DragonsKeep/personal/PVCWheel.html

Or follow in the footsteps of my personal hero shopdogsam
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9KANDl5GV0
He made an electrical spinning wheel, you can't help but love him. If you can get past the heavy mountain accent, he's a damn good practical engineer.
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« Reply #6 on: February 29, 2012 09:35:32 AM »

i loved that video!  You can tell he's doing what he loves.  I'd like to see that machine in action.
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« Reply #7 on: February 29, 2012 12:25:35 PM »

Well, I don't know that there is much chance of that, see he has a tendency to wander across projects and wander away from them, listening to him talk is like riding a bicycle with ducks for wheels, it doesn't make much sense unless you built it. He does; however, have a couple excellent recipes on there.

Wait a min, he did finish it, no demo though.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cp1mWIgkB3M&feature=plcp&context=C321b547UDOEgsToPDskLwQ9FzzGd9seAD3N8QyG1w
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« Reply #8 on: March 16, 2012 06:40:24 PM »

Before I got my wheel I used CD spindles and my husband asked why I didn't just use a power drill to spin. I asked how he meant I should use it, so he stuck my (bottom whorl) spindle into the drill, pulled the trigger and I started spinning. After a couple minutes he asked me if I realized that he was not going to stand there and hold the drill every time I wanted to spin, lol. So I propped the drill up on my hiking boot...on its side with the sole towards the drill so I could rest my foot on the side of the boot...and I pushed the trigger with my toe or the ball of my foot. It is a variable speed drill so it was very smooth to slow down or speed up as needed and it was cordless too! Also, it freed my hands up so I could try corespinning and some other techniques that seemed difficult to try with a spindle. Although I would caution those with spindles who might like to try it with a drill: the drill will leave indentations in the shaft of the spindle so don't use a spindle you love! Dowel/CD spindles are perfect because you won't cry over a dowel getting pinched in the drill.
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« Reply #9 on: March 16, 2012 11:21:14 PM »

I never thought of putting it in where the drill bit goes! That's ingenious! I will definitely have to try that....
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