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« on: July 11, 2014 01:16:56 PM »

I'm a fairly new spinner, less than a year, and I'm having a great time playing with different fibers and using different tools to spin with such as drop spindles, supported spindles and even my shiny new spinning wheel.  While searching the web for different spinning sites and forums I see that others mention that they like to spin while walking around the mall or while shopping, etc. As a knitter and crocheter as well as a spinner, I can appreciate taking my craft with me for waits in the doctor's office, long car rides, flights to other parts of the world, or even while going to a movie, but I don't know how I would take spinning with me and would eat to do so.  I do use a drop spindle, especially for my ultra fine spinning projects and I have no problem understanding how you can walk and spin at the same time.  I do this all the time while I'm at home if I need to answer the door or just want to go outside for a little bit, but, I'm struggling to understand where these walking spinners are storing their source fiber to draft from.  Is there a special container that's used?  Do they just go out of the house with a bunch of fiber wrapped around their wrists?
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« Reply #1 on: July 11, 2014 07:10:04 PM »

Well, they are either tucking it into their purses/bags, and taking small chunks out at a time, or they are using a distaff of some kind. Like explained in the wikipedia article http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Distaff
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« Reply #2 on: July 23, 2014 06:27:01 PM »

Thank you for the reply Belladune.  After reading your post I did some searching and there is a wristlet distaff that might do the trick.  I can't imagine putting unspun fibers into my purse as I'm sure I would make a total mess of the neatly combed fiber, but a separate bag might be useful.  Once I figure out how to walk and chew gum at the same time without tripping over my own two feet Cheesy I'll be giving this a try.
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« Reply #3 on: July 24, 2014 07:22:42 AM »

I'm not coordinated enough to walk and spin either... Wink
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