Bought a Russian-style supported spindle from the Spanish Peacock at the festival. Early in the day I tried a Tibetan-style one that was set up with a cup and some sample fibre. At that point I wasn't able to draft the fibre all that easily and since I'd never spun with a supported spindle before, I was clumsy at keeping the spindle upright and moving.
TJ King suggested I come back and try again mid-afternoon when she expected the booth would be less busy. I did so. Brought with me some some Shetland fibre I'd bought. I figured Shetland's short staple might lend itself to spinning with a long draw, which is how you spin with a supported spindle.
I am happy to say I was able to make yarn. A couple of other customers kindly gave advice and help. One started the leader for me. She said that usually when she starts the leader she uses spit to make the fibre adhere to the spindle. I thanked her for the tip but added that I didn't quite feel up to spitting on a spindle I hadn't bought yet.
The particular Russian supported spindle that appealed to me most of all the woods on display, curly maple, was still available for me to buy. Given how brisk their sales were, that was a wonder.
|How to hold a supported spindle, more or less.|