Friday Fibre Update ~ Bling
This sumptuous skein has just been added to my shop. it's SW Merino/Cashmere/Nylon. SOooOo soft you will want to wrap yourself in it - and with 514 yards worth, you can! It's colourway is called "Bling" because it encompasses all that word has to offer.
Maker: Twisted Grain
Weight: 34 g / 1.25 oz
Style: Russian Spindle
Woods: Gaboon Ebony
She's a beaut! My sample was shipped with this spindle so I am unsure of its contents but it has sparkle :P
I saw these spindles online and thought - wow, that's unique looking! I quickly joined the Twisted Grain group on Ravelry and poured though the many pictures of her work. Really. Beautiful. Stuff.
I contacted Adrienne, on her Etsy shop and made a custom request - I really wanted an ebony Thorn. She did not disappoint.
The first thing you will notice is how freaking cool this spindle looks!!! So very evil looking but in a good way. The barbs are to help with yarn management and they serve their purpose well. You can build your cop quite easily along these ledges.
The tip has been sectioned off to make sure you are giving yourself enough room to flick the spindle into motion but if you are packing on the fibre, then this is just one more step you must climb. The tip is quite pointy and I do protect it when not in use. The ebony wood isn't as hard as some others and I don't want to cause any damage.
The shape of this spindle is really nice. It is a quick spinner and it turns smoothly as if it were dancing on air.
It is very well balanced and is probably one of the fastest spinning support spindles I own. Where it lacks in spin time it makes up for in speed.
The spinning point isn't as sharp as the other end of the shaft but that's good because it wouldn't stay that way for long. It has been nicely tapered and is symmetrical all around. The increments of barbs help with the gumption this spindle possesses. They all work together building up that much more weight to balance everything out. Super cool. You can also store spun fibre this far down the shaft if you are spinning a large skein - the barbs will help keep your singles in place.
The length of this spindle is a bit long for me but it is still comfortable because it is light and skinny. Spinners with larger hands than mine would love this taller spindle. (I'm looking at you Michele :P)
Length of spin: 6.86 (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Looks: Evil with a trick up it's sleeve
Overall Rating: 10/10
If you ever get the chance to try one of these out - DO. I would love to add more Twisted Grain spindles to my collection and soon won't be fast enough. These spinners are amazing and joy to spin on! Adrienne was super friendly when it came to custom orders and she was very fast in making the spindle up for me. I love this spindle.
Friday Fibre Update
Two brightly coloured skeins have been added to my shop. Super squishy Merino is beautiful pinks and purples, just in time for Valentine's Day - Colourway is Less Than 3 (aka <3) and a big, beautiful bulky skein of Falkland called Turnip Truck.
3 Armed Sweater
How many people have seen this image on Etsy? As a knitter it makes me snicker but this 3 armed sweater is a real thing - it actually exists! I listened to a presentation from Moishe Lettvin at the Etsy Summit this week. He is one of Etsy.com's computer engineers. He writes the code to build the website/apps and everything underneath. He told us that when he worked for Microsoft, if someone made a mistake in code which cause an issue with the product they were working on they would get this item they would have to display on their desk as a mark of shame and ridicule. Only until someone else made a bigger mistake would you give up this item and pass it onto the next person. At Etsy if an engineer makes a mistake they get this 3 armed sweater (and he said it is like 5' tall) except the difference is that this isn't a mark of shame - the 3 armed sweater is a badge of honour. It shows that it is OK to make mistakes and you aren't getting anywhere unless you make mistakes along the way. I thought this was very refreshing. Etsy has a real community feel and I like that. He said that moving from Microsoft and Google to Etsy, he has felt like he has come home. He uses code as craft and he said there is lots to be on the look out for Etsy.com.