Maker:The Clay Sheep
Weight: 43 g / 1.56 oz
Length: 2 1/2" Whorl, 10 1/2" Shaft
Style: Top Whorl
Wood: Polymer Clay Whorl set atop a Red Oak Base and Shaft
Anita from The Clay Sheep has been well known for her amazing polymer clay stitch markers, diz's and orifice hooks. She puts wonderful detail into each item she makes. A few months ago I saw on her Facebook page that she had made a couple spindle prototypes and knew that once they became available I had to give them a try. My spun skein is a rolag from Naturally Knitty.
And that's just the top side of the whorl! Underneath, she has engraved the spindle's weight and its number. Mine is already #30. She has also etched her initials. Yet, more detail she hasn't overlooked. I think it's really cool to have numbered spindles, they are works of art. I'm also glad she burnt this information into the wood and didn't use a sharpie.
At first when I looked at this spindle, I thought the shaft was a little long (10.5") for the whorl diameter but I was wrong. I LOVE the length! I can pack on a lot of yarn and still have room to grab the bottom of the shaft to give it a good spin. If you are a thigh roller, you will have no problem giving this spindle a fast rotation. I wish more of my spindles were like this. The end has been smoothly tapered to make transferring cops easy and I think it would be able to handle a few drops (even though no one drops a drop spindle right?). The shaft is very smooth and she lists in her description that the spindle has been hand rubbed with Tung oil which really brings out the depth in the wood.