This is our Double Basic maple wood drop spindle kit which we handcraft in our studio in Maine. Not sure which you like?...try them both! It includes 2 spindles one top whorl and one bottom whorl stained in rosewood color. The spindles weigh approximately 1.7 ounces each and are both 12" tall. The kit can be made with 2 top whorls or 2 bottom whorls for sharing with a friend or relative. Please let us know at time of purchase if you want two of the same whorl, otherwise a bottom and a top 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 is a basic kit for those who want to give spinning a try with less financial investment. The kit includes 4 ounces of undyed roving (enough to make a large skein or to share). There are 2 illustrated instruction booklets for learning to use both types of whorl and a plastic drawstring bag to keep 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!).