Today I pulled out my mom’s old drop spindle and did some internet searches to figure out how to use it. I had already fallen in love with spinning before we left Seattle and am on the hunt for a wheel, but in the meantime I’ll spin with whatever I can get my hands on. It was filled with yarn she had spun way back when she was in her twenties. I wound it off and started some of my own.
To use a drop spindle you hold onto the yarn coming off the top, spin the spindle that is dangling below, and feed in wool fluff to the end of the existing yarn. As you give a little fluff it twists up thanks to the twirling spindle. When you have a length of yarn you stop and wind it onto the spindle. It makes fantastic, fuzzy threads and you have complete control over its weight, knobbiness, and twist. Wow.