I learned at Spindle Camp that you can slide the cop onto a drinking straw for plying. That is "if" the spindle shaft isn't too thick and doesn't have a lot of embellishments. It's not exactly a "piece of cake" but does work with slow sliding and twisting.
sleeves spindle on top has too thick a shaft and a couple of bobble whoopies, but the Ledbetter spindle worked just fine. I filled the Greensleeves spindle at Camp and the Ledbetter at Black Sheep. It was time to do what I've never done before - ply on a spindle.
I would have liked two straws on my Lazy Kate for both cops, but impro-
vised with this instead. I think it's hard on the hook to spin around on its head so will use that Greensleeves spindle in the future for plying and use two Ledbetter to get cops on straws. That's only three spindles, and yes I do need at least the five I already own. In case of emergencies. I might even need a 6th spindle - for emergencies that were unexpected emergencies, or something.
I eyed the spindles when I decided that they were full. Look at that straw and tell me that I don't have a good eye. I got lucky, is more like it! There's my full plied cop. It was falling off my spindle at Camp, when Sara explained that I need to wind in an exaggerated figure eight. Yes. I do.
The yarn is gorgeous. This is the fiber I got in trade from Mim. I think it's Merino, bamboo and silk - not sure. It's shiny and this skein is 1.75 ounces. I'm well on my way to a pair of socks. The ties stay on for now, until I decide if my socks are going to stay white or get color.
I know that using a drop spindle has made me a better wheel spinner. I think they both have their place. They both have their place in my heart.
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