April 8, 2014

Hear how the earth in her joy is shouting

The spindle arrived. It’s a trindle, from <a href=https://www.etsy.com/shop/trindleman?ref=l2-shopheader-name>Trindleman, which means the shaft has a neoprene ball on it, and separately you buy carbon fiber arms with beads of various types as weights. The arms are swappable, allowing you to adjust your spindle to the project. The reason these are so awesome is that to get the longest, fastest, most stable spin, a spindle whorl should have the greatest weight on the outside edge. Various methods of achieving this have been invented. The middle of the whorl can be carved out, either just with a simple dip or groove, or in complicated and beautiful fretwork patterns. Sometimes on a large mushroom whorl, holes are drilled into it from the underside. The Golding Ring spindles put a ring of a metal around the outside, giving it considerably more weight, and they are much admired for their long, steady spin. But I work with very lightweight yarns, and I need lighter spindles for it. The trindles are the most elegant solution I have seen yet to the challenge. I have a microtrindle already, with a short, ultralight carbon fiber shaft, and it spins very well indeed for a featherweight. Thanks to Sannion’s generous donation, I was able to buy a new, full-size trindle as a dedicated spindle, solely for ritual and magical use relating to Ariadne and Arachne.

The twelve-inch shaft is striped ebony, ebony in which the black resin has not been thoroughly dispersed, creating the fascinating variation in color. I chose the rock crystal spheres for the arms, and they’re a wonderful weight.

The hub on this one has six holes for arms, so I can add more arms if I need more weight. I suspect I might for the last ply on the bracelets. Fortunately, I have these lovely skulls to hand, which normally live on my microtrindle.


The virgin spindle having been properly consecrated to Ariadne and Arachne, it is now ready to go to work tonight.

The hemp came out an excellent color. I’m very pleased.


It will probably fade somewhat with time and wear (although Procion make very lightfast dyes, everything dulls eventually), but it should stay a nice, solid, bright green, like the young shoot of a plant.

The cotton came out a good color, too, if a less consistent one than the hemp because I left the hanks twisted. That should work well for my planned use for those, though. And I like variation in color.

I am, thus far, extremely satisfied with my work. Tonight, I’ll begin twisting the bracelets themselves.