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I have been impatiently waiting for Abby's book to come out and it is a treasure!!

The life changing lesson I learned from Respect the Spindle is that spindling is even more portable than a small knitting project! I had often heard spindlers say that they, "spindle every day rather than spinning at a wheel once a month". It seemed to make sense but I had never had anyone explain it as clearly as Abby.

First, Abby has the most credibility of anyone I can imagine. As a child, she grew up in Peru. She explains that little girls in Peru take their spindles EVERYWHERE! It's part of their social life and source of entertainment and competition. That's why Abby is so comfortable having a spindle with her all of the time.

I decided to embrace the spindle on our trip to Mexico. Abby points out that even the most simple knitting project requires that you take it out of the bag, set up the needles, maybe count something, etc. With a spindle, you take it out of its bag and spin.

I spun in the airport check in line, I spun in the security line, I spun on the plane, I spun walking around in Mexico and, as you know, I spun while in the golf cart with my sister. Then disaster struck!

I had intended to blog a lovely shot of my spindle with a full "cob" but you will have to settle for the photo of Abby's book. Just know that Abby's encouragement and phenomenal book is what turned me into a hard core spindler!


I have ordered a new Golding Spindle and I am going to be happily spindling soon! I choose the Celtic Sheep spindle over the aromatherapy only because I fell in love with the blend of sheepies and Ireland! They are both the same size so I shouldn't have any trouble starting again on my spindled yarn for a pair of socks.

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Comment by Susan the Blue Lake Knitter on December 12, 2009 at 3:57pm
Darlene,
A spindle is a very good way to start. That way you can get the hang of the drafting and spinning without the complication of a wheel. The process is the same on both. --S
Comment by Darlene on December 12, 2009 at 3:13pm
I've tried spinning on a wheel but have a hard time getting all the moving parts in sync. I want to try spinning with a spindle. Your post has encouraged me!
Comment by KnitterGirl39 on December 8, 2009 at 8:05am
I have that Spin Off too - will need to read through it again.
Comment by Tara Addesa on December 5, 2009 at 8:21am
Thought I'd Mention I just Picked Up a Copy of "Spin Off Winter 2009" Magazine ... The Featured Book Excerpt Is "Respect the Spindle" by Abby Franquemont !!
Comment by cherylbwaters on December 4, 2009 at 7:05am
That is a tempting present, Becky!!!
Comment by KnitterGirl39 on December 4, 2009 at 6:12am
I just ordered this to help me get started - my x-mas present to myself. :)
Comment by Tara Addesa on December 3, 2009 at 8:14pm
Dear Kelley ~ Well "1" of Us is a Mindreader :) as Tom Golding can Tell You Im the lady who called him earlier this week to Custom Order a Spindle since 'i' fell for the Tsunami and Purpleheart wood ..hopefully My Golding will be here next week & can't wait to get Your Friends Book and as You Know I had Absolutely No Clue You were doing this ..since I tried Twice this week Unsuccessfully to get some Help & Feedback I Not Only Feel More Confident Ordering the Golding but Knowing I'll have the Support I Need from Your Book Perfect Timing Kelley !!!! Many Thanks & Huggs in Knitting Tara
Comment by cherylbwaters on December 3, 2009 at 7:37pm
Your new spindle is beautiful! Don't feel too bad about the aromatherapy one. I ran over my cell phone, not once but a second time within seconds of the first time. I was trying to figure out what I dropped out of my car. I just placed an order on the 30th and somehow your email on the book sale happened and some more books fell into my cart! Including Respect the Spindle. I'm still determined to take the plunge into spinning.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on December 3, 2009 at 7:24pm
Becky: Check out Megan LaCore's video here. She has a park and draft video, too. There are also a bunch of others. I found it very helpful. The other thing is practice a little while each day. Even if you don't feel like you're getting anywhere, spin a small amount of fiber each day. In a week or so, it will start getting fun. That was my experience. --P
Comment by PurlGirl on December 3, 2009 at 2:56pm
I had to chuckle at the irony of the name of the book: Respect the Spindle aftter hearing that you ran over your beloved spindle with the golf cart. God bless you and enjoy your new one!-Allison

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