This is our beautiful maple wood drop spindle kit which we handcraft in our studio in Maine. It has been stained in rosewood color. The spindle weighs approximately 1.7 ounces and is 12" tall. The kit comes in both top or bottom whorl. Please let us know at time of purchase if you want a top whorl kit, otherwise a bottom whorl will be sent.
(A bottom whorl has the whorl weight at the bottom of the shaft and spins slower which is good for heavier yarns which need less twist in them. A top whorl has the weight at the top of the shaft and spins faster which is good for thinner yarns and fine fibers such as angora, alpaca, etc. But, you can spin thin yarn & fine fibers on a bottom whorl but you have to spin it harder as well as you can spin heavier yarn on a top whorl but need to spin it slower. Sometimes, new spinners like the faster top whorl because it spins longer and gives more time to pull the fibers into the twist. I personally prefer a bottom whorl because I find it doesn't wobble as much since the weight is on the bottom. Basically,they both spin yarn the same way and it is a matter of preference).
This kit includes 4 1/2 ounces of roving. One roll is handpainted with gray, brown and light orange on a white background and looks just like the fur on a calico cat. One roll of solid gray, one roll of solid brown and a roll of undyed white for practice. There is an illustrated instruction book to get you started and a plastic drawstring bag to store it all in.
Spinning is an ancient craft and we made this spindle kit to pass on the spinning craft to future generations. We take great pride in our work here in Maine. We have a smoke free environment and use non-toxic, colorfast dyes.
This is a wonderful opportunity to learn to spin your own yarn and there is plenty of roving to make enough yarn for a hat, scarf, or mittens depending on how thin you spin your yarn. You can take this anywhere and spin!
This would make a fabulous gift for your favorite knitter or crochetter (which very well may be yourself!).