Saturday, January 17, 2009

Spin and Yo-Yo

Paintings by Hermann Sondermann & Laurits Andersen Ring from the late 1800's and early 1900's.

Rather than a wheel, i'm spinning yarn with a drop spindle. You can purchase one or make one yourself. Good demo videos can be found here to get the hang of the spinning. I find the rhythm and technique are similar to skipping or playing with a yo-yo (...speaking of, there are some nice yo-yos available these days. I bought one for my nephew Finn for christmas).

You can spin dog fur if the fibres are long enough. These beautiful pink dog fur mittens were made in the Yukon by Mary Armstrong - They puff and fuzz up beautifully in the cold air. You can email Mary with outlines of your hands and wishes for colour/s and she'll custom make you the warmest mittens you'll ever wear.

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