I have mentioned before that I discovered that some spinning tools are fairly specialized, including those historic styles used for very, very fine spinning (you can read that post here). After playing with the Pallia spindle that I very much like, I went in search of another tiny spindle for further experimentation. I found one from MissingSpindle on Etsy (this is Mistress Rhiannon from AEthelmearc, for those who might have had her classes before). I got from her the tiny, hand hewn spindle below. Aside from being completely adorable, it is very functional. I purchased with it three very small whorls of differing weights. (The wool surrounding it was the protective package stuffing. I was amused by it but it really does make sense and of course I will try to spin it!)
I did test out the spindle with the lightest whorl tonight using some of my hand combed Icelandic tog. The shaft weighs 3.8 grams and the whorl a mere 5.3. You can see a short length of my Icelandic yarn below. My yarn is the stretched out portion, and that towards the top of the spindle, the rest was wound on there when it arrived (such a tease to see that on there when the package arrived at my office - it really make me want to test it out immediately). I hope to spin some very fine yarn this winter to test it out as warp for a sample piece of weaving.
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Blogroll of SCA & Costume Bloggers
Below is a collection of some of my favorite places online to look for SCA and historic costuming information.
More Amie Sparrow - 16th Century German Costuming
Gianetta Veronese - SCA and Costuming Blog
Grazia Morgano - 16th Century A&S
Mistress Sahra -Dress From Medieval Turku
Loose Threads: Cathy's Costume Blog
Mistress Mathilde Bourrette - By My Measure: 14th and 15th Century Costuming
More than Cod: Exploring Medieval Norway