Weight: 31 g / 1 oz
Length: 7" Shaft, 5" Arms
Style: Turkish Spindle
Material: PLA Filament (thermoplastic)
Probably one of the COOLEST spindles I own.
First of all, 3D printing boggles my mind. The idea of it is pretty darn cool and the second I saw this spindle online it was mine.
For others who wonder how the heck 3D printers work I found this video to be particularly helpful
My sample is Merino/Alpaca/Seacell in the colourway "Silver Linings" by Kinfolk Yarn and Fibre.
About 5 minutes after my purchase, I received notification that it had shipped, which impressed me right off the bat. I was really eager to get this spindle and check it out and see what something "printed" in 3D looked like, how did it feel? I was totally giddy for this one.
You are able to pick which colours you would like for the shaft and arms. I chose orange arms and a purple shaft for contrast. The arms to me look like a reflector and I think it is really neat how you can see all the layers it took to make the spindle take its shape. If you have trouble deciding on colour, she also sells shafts separately so you can mix and match. The plastic is hard and rigid, a very solid spindle yet very lightweight. There is an O-ring in the middle of the smaller arm so there is a no slippage when the shaft is set in place. This is the standard size of TurtleMade's spindles, she also sells a mini size as well. I found this particular size perfect. It's not gigantic and not so small that you will have to spin a million tiny balls to get a decent sized skein. I bet you could easily fit a few ounces (if not more) on this one.
I should also state clearly that I am not a Turkish spindle user. I only have 2 Turkish spindles and I acquired both this year. I find them slow, frustrating and awkward. With that being said, perhaps it is just jealously rearing its ugly head because a couple of my friends; Sara and Lindsay, are excellent Turkish spindle spinners and their skills are both amazing and inspirational. My Turkish spindle skills are l.a.c.k.i.n.g. Big time. I threw all my judgments away the instant I saw this spindle online, and it was only $15!!!
The shaft fits perfectly in the cross-section of the arms without budging. Because of the nature of 3D printing, the shaft is not smooth, but that makes it perfect for holding a half hitch. There is a nice taper near the tip for holding your yarn in place as well. This detail helps me get over the awkwardness of my yarn slipping off the shaft when I give the spindle a good flick. This Turkish now takes 3rd place for longest spin time.
This spindle has the makers name on the underside of the larger arm - stamped into the spindle itself - how the heck did she do that?
Now onto the spinning. An absolute joy. I was amazed how it danced and spun in thin air with no effort. It's arms whirled around without shaking, no slowing down, and my mind in disbelief at its speed. The spindle was on the ground with a hearty length of yarn spun before I felt the need to look down to see if it needed a boost. Light also reflects off its surface and it shimmers as you spin. Pretty impressive.
I will definitely be packing this spindle with me wherever I go. I have zero fear of it breaking, (and if it does, I can replace the shaft for $5). It is a super cool conversation piece and a tool that you can hand off for someone else to try and you will be able to see them smile at it's awseome-ness. You're looking pretty cool now aren't you?
Winding on has also been a bit of an issue for me. I started by trying to make it look all fancy but threw that by the wayside when it was slowing me down. It's not important for a sample size and it made no difference when it came to plying from the centre pull ball the spindle had created. The technique I used was "over two, under one" and since I was able to grip the shaft easily, this made for winding the spun yarn on much easier.
Length of spin: 35.4 seconds (average of three tests)
Fibre storage ability: Excellent
Looks: By far the coolest spindle I own
Overall Rating: 9.5/10
This spindle has shattered my previous opinions about Turkish styles. It was not awkward to spin, it was not slow and its size was easy to handle.
I also like the fact that with this spindle you are combining a primitive tool with an advanced scientific technology to make an object that is highly functional, swanky looking and well made. Pick one up - you know you want to ;)
Aren't her spindle just the coolest? After finding her shop, I ordered two (a standard and the mini)! They're my first Turkish spindles, and for the price, they are fantastic for beginners who aren't quite sure they'll take to spinning with a Turkish... Well, now I am! :D
11/4/2014 07:04:00 am
You're 100% right Jessica! I consider myself a beginner Turkish spinner and I was sold immediately with the TurtleMade spindles. I'm thinking about the mini's as well. The price surprised me, so affordable! The hardest part was deciding on colours lol. Thanks for your comment :)
11/6/2014 04:08:56 am
I love these spindles! I bought one to teach my 6 year old to spin on because watching him drop a $50 spindle every three minutes was shaving days off my lifespan. I wasn't sure what kind of quality to expect, but for so cheap (they were $7 for the first run!) what was the risk? WOW did my little investment pay off! The spindle spins beautifully and is a wonderful size, and I've already gone back and bought a couple more spindles for myself. I've got one JUST to carry in my spinning bag for those "teachable moments" when someone is fascinated with my spinning. At $15, I can totally afford to just give a spindle away if I've got a truly interested random pupil. (I'm totally targeting my MIL first.)
11/10/2014 02:06:30 am
:P How very cool of you Dionne! And you are right, they are great spinners for teaching and like you said, you don't need to hold your breath if they fall to the ground. The colours are super vibrant and eye catching. I saw the mini spindle the other day when a fellow Guild member brought it with her, and it got handed around quite a bit, and everyone HAD to try it. The price cant be beat for such a cool and fully functional tool.
11/7/2014 03:05:34 am
I picked one of these up at the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival earlier this year and just tried it out for the first time today. Other than a few minutes on wooden Turk when I had never really spun before, this is my first time using a Turk. I am completely in love with this spindle. It has instantly become my favorite and I will certainly be ordering more!
11/10/2014 02:11:15 am
You and me both Jerry! Spinning with these spindles seems so effortless. Great for someone like me who is Turk-challenged. I have owned other Turkish spindles and find this one is my favourite I've used too.
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