I’ve been spinning for years, but I’ve never used a drop spindle. So when the historical museum offered a workshop in using the drop spindle I signed up. About 8 people showed up. The gal who ran the workshop supplied spindles constructed from old CD’s to those who didn’t have a spindle. My husband made me two spindles from wood he had lying around in his workshop; they are beautiful! I may decorate them with paintings of sheep, but for now I’m just practicing with them. The larger spindle worked more easily; it kept whirling for a longer period of time and I was eventually able to start drafting with a little speed. I think the drop spindle might be useful for spinning singles for fine knitting. But, I really appreciate the easy of spinning with my wheel now!!!
Here’s a link to a website called “Spinning Daily” where you can download a free ebook with directions on how to spin with a drop spindle. The first article even shows you how to construct a spindle from old CD’s.
I’ve started spinning a gray fleece that I bought over a year ago. It will make a nice fair isle sweater paired with some dark blue fleece that I’ve just finished spinning.