Friday, March 20, 2009

I Still Prefer Wheels

A comment on a previous post is trying to convince me of the superiority of spindles for spinning over a wheel.  Well--thanks Valley, but I'm just not buying it. 
Now don't get me wrong, I have bought, and will probably continue to by drop spindles occaisonally.  It took me long enough to figure out the process of a drop spindle, but I do enjoy it.  But while I can possibly spin while riding in a car and such, I find that knitting socks and such is a much better portable project for pulling out while waiting in lines--Dr. visit, Christmas check out at Wal-Mart, even during a sermon.  It is quiet, after you manage the zipper on the bag and remove your project--during church it must be done during a hymn.  (Did I mention I always sit in the back?  Better to manage my self appointed task of catching the door so it doesn't bang shut after the kids, or to be close to the prayer bench which I cover during communion.)
I am too much afraid of a swinging spindle banging into a pew, or dropping agains the kneeler to chance spinning in church.  Besides, I like to get more out of my time spinning.  I can fill a bobbin on my Joy or Traditional wheels much faster than that spindle seems to fill up. 
But now that the subject has come up--has anyone seen any nice square drop spindles?  I have been sort of thinking they sound like a great idea.  No rolling around after they drop you know.


1 comment:

Angie J said...

ROFL. I figured you for one of those church knitters. Growing up we had a crocheter. She'd sit in the front row and do it.

Actually there's been talk of it on the Ravelry group, Spindlers. I think it's Spindlewood that puts the square ones out. I've heard good reviews, but since I've switched to using my support spindles more, now that I have a Tabacheck Tibetan (okay 2 of them) I can cram as much on those as I do a wheel bobbin, I haven't seriously looked. I'll try to find a link for you.

Hey have you seen the new square knitting needles? They are awesome. Feel great if your wrists hurt after a time of knitting.