Tagged: Maggie spindle

Socks!

I’ve almost finished a pair of socks from the spindle spun 4-ply yarn I showed in my previous post.

Twisted stitch cables. I like that detail in thin socks.

I love the way my yarn knits up and how it feels! Merino and silk, two of my favourite fibres in socks. Strong and soft if you spin it thin with much twist and four plies.

The second sock is almost finished also, and I have enough yarn for another pair. Needle size 2 mm. I use dpns with thin yarns, as I don’t like the way cables behave with needle sizes smaller than 2,5 mm. The yarn gets stuck in the join, however high class cables I use. I also love the feel of good steel like in the old days when I knew nothing about magic loop (which I normally use in almost all my knitting).

I’ve started the next sock yarn with odds and ends from my stash. I found an interesting blend in a bag with Botany Lap Waste from World of Wool: I think it’s Muga silk and dark brown Cashmere. I only have a few grams, so I’ll let it go into a sock yarn. Maggie spindle from Magpie Woodworks, an absolute favourite.

It’s Easter Sunday as I write this. The weather has been sunny and warm, but also snowy, windy and stormy as it normally is in April, and the light has been awesome. There’s also been a full moon, orange and big and dramatic. Hope you enjoy this light with the sun behind clouds at 9:30 a.m. from a few days back when Kasper and I went for a walk:

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For Maggie

I have spindles of many kinds: top whorl, bottom whorl. Russian, Tibetan. Tahkli, Akha. Some are made by skilled spindle makers, others by myself. Some spindles are very dear to me. One such is my Maggie spindle from Magpie WoodWorks. It’s beautifully made, and it’s of course a very good tool. I wouldn’t be so fond of it it wasn’t, would I?

So I made a container for it. Tapestry crochet, commercial and handspun yarns, some dyed by me. Motives from the Korsnäs sweater, and the traditional birds from some Scandinavian knittings.

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I put a plastic bottle inside, and a blue cotton lining. Tassels. A crocheted wristaff.

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The warm glow of this perfectly turned wood…

Maggie spindle

New spindle! I’ve wanted a Magpie Woodworks Maggie spindle for many years. No I have one, and I don’t regret purchasing it. This must be one of the very best top whorl spindles in the world. And I do have a few to compare with… I started with Merino dyed by me. The spindle weighs 21 grams, and the wood is cherry. Enjoy the perfect wood work!

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