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Yes, Sir! Yes, Sir! Three bags full!

So this morning I’m perusing the Spin-A-Long page here on KP and find the link to a you tube video about magic loop. I’ve been magic looping a while, so I don’t know exactly why I go watch it, but I did. And it was very good. I watch a few more random videos and decide- maybe I should watch one about drop spindling. So I do a search and what shows up but Abbie Franquemont’s Spindling Basics. So I watch that and go clean out the rest of my emails and a thunderstorm brews up and my computer goes down!! So, since it’s a lightning frenzy outside, I decide I better not do the dishes and laundry like I was planning (Mom always told me not to because of the increased risk of lightning strike.). I’m thinking, thinking, thinking… what should I do today?? I decide to do some spinning. Now let me tell you, Abbie Franquemont’s book and dvd are still in my cart here at KP, along with the Turkish spindle and a few packs of roving!!! Still in the cart!! Not even ordered yet!! So I follow my little niece’s example (courtesy of my good miserly brother- like me :D) and decide I’m going to spin some plastic. PLASTIC?? You say?? Yes, grocery sacks, or Walmart, or wherever happens to have been where I shopped last and forgot to take my own canvas bags. So I start getting one ready… I lay it out all smooth with the pleats all straightened out and fold it in half and in half again. Now I have the bottom seam in one 3” segment on one end- I cut that off. I also cut straight across the other end, too, to get the handles and irregularities off of that end.


Next I take a little of my sewing and quilting background and make a continuous strip from this…. I fold back some layers so that there is just one folded edge at the top and many folded layers toward the bottom. I start cutting ¾” (or so) strips from the bottom- but not cutting all the way through that top fold. I’m stopping 1- 1 ½” from the top- making what looks like fringe.


Now I free an end over at the left by going to the top of one of the previous cuts and cut it at an angle out to the edge.

Then I put my fingers under the plastic so I can see where I’m going and cut just through one layer- start at the second cut and angle over to the left and meet up with the original first cut- but around the back. This picture is the set-up:

And here's the cut:

I continue that way across the top until the last one is cut. Now I have a little pile of fiber (??).


Now I need a spindle. I'm eyeing a knobby looking piece of wood I got at the thrift store to use for a darning egg. It has a hole drilled in one end- but I don' think I have a dowel anywhere that size. Still thinking... now I think I have just the thing. I go raiding my daughters’ closet for the tinker toys. Yes!! I grab the longest piece and a wheel to put on the end. Then I find another piece that slides on the rod (for weight). It took me a while to get the leader on there. I was almost ready to break out the double-sided tape when I got it tight enough to work! But the second thing for weight just seemed too cumbersome so I took it off.

Two cut bags worth of fiber (??) later and I’ve completed spinning what is on the bottom one in the second picture. And then I decided to take some pictures! So the third bag was cut and spun with the original extra weight added. This time, I got smarter and used the little notch in the bottom of the dowel to start. After slipping the strip in there, I crammed it in the wheel and spun until I had enough to be beyond the end of the dowel.


So after my 2 spindles are THREE BAGS FULL (!!!) I’m so excited I can’t hardly stand it- can’t take time to take pictures or write… can’t take time to upload pictures. But I do- get the entire blog done, I’m previewing to check for typos and the girls get home from

school. I didn’t click on publish. And the lightning struck again, the electricity blinked and I lost it all!!! Argh. So this is attempt number two to publish this.

On my nightstand: Confessions of a Knitting Heretic by Annie Modesitt. Annie writes about the question or the possibility of our hands knowing how to do something our brain doesn’t. Could it be? Can there be a genetic memory handed down to me by my English, Irish, and Dutch Great + Grandmothers? I’m sure they could spin in their sleep. If I let my hands do what they want, will my brain follow? Or will it be stubborn and try not to get addicted to this new craft. Oh, how I hope it will follow. Be a sheep, brain. Be a sheep.

On my tinker toys: (heehee) grocery sacks.

On my future wheel: All the love I can muster.

On my mind: Musings of lunacy with hints of common sense thrown in. The common sense is like the teeny colored nubs in Donegal tweed. J I just discovered that my two spindles of ‘yarn’ are spun in the opposite direction. The first one I rolled the spindle against my thigh to start it spinning. The next one I tried thwicking the spindle in midair like Abbie did. HA!! Now I can’t do as I planned and ply them together!! Argh! Two bags full wasted. Not really. It’s a learning process!! And I could just spin two more spindles full these two different ways. Heehee. And THEN I’ll ply. Next post! Maybe I will have ordered my real stuff by then, too!

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Comment by wendy on August 31, 2010 at 12:33pm
Now that is really 'Cool Beans'! Who would have ever thought of spinning with newspaper.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 28, 2010 at 2:57pm
Well, you did a great job!
Comment by Beth Pritchett on August 28, 2010 at 10:55am
Cheryl, it wasn't until I read your instructions that it finally clicked (so to speak) for me.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 28, 2010 at 6:58am
Congratulations on linking, Beth. I have some baskets made from newspapers. I might spin some and weave it for Christmas presents. Well, at least I can dream about making Christmas presents.
Comment by Peggy Stuart on August 27, 2010 at 4:36pm
If you get bored, you can read the paper while you spin!
Comment by PickleSue on August 27, 2010 at 12:34pm
Very nice job with the linking, Beth!! And thanks for the link to the spun newspaper! I had seen that one a long while ago and hadn't taken the time to search for it again. The newsprint rub-off issue will be annoying, but I plan on trying this on my tinker toys. :)
Comment by Beth Pritchett on August 27, 2010 at 12:10pm
Can you see me doing the happy dance? I finally got how to insert a link!
Comment by Beth Pritchett on August 27, 2010 at 12:08pm
I saw here that someone was spinning newspaper.
Comment by wendy on August 26, 2010 at 7:58pm
I asked my BIL about dryer lint as fire starter last night (he is very involved with boy scouts). He said that they too used the bees wax, but also used it alone. He said it is highly flamable. Think I'll stick to my bag of fluff.
Comment by cherylbwaters on August 25, 2010 at 10:17am
She showed an interest in the SAL but other than that, I haven't seen her around much.

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