I was watching “Get More Spun: Part 1” by Abby Franquemont on CraftDaily.com video subscription service when Abby mentioned storing singles on several bobbins to ply from later. She stated that storing singles on several different bobbins and mixing them up before plying will help to even out some uneven spinning. I saw the bobbins she was storing them on and it clicked, those are shuttle bobbins not spinning wheel bobbins! I will admit to still having some apprehension about how many joins might be needed for these yarns, but my excitement is far outweighing any misgivings.
This did bring about another potential sticking point, I do not have a bobbin winder. I picked up an attachment for my cordless drill but between my underpowered drill and my inability to get the bobbin far enough down the shaft so that I feel comfortable putting pressure to wind a nice tight yarn onto the bobbin, my winder is not going to cut it. I looked at bobbin winders, over $100 each! Fiber tools are so very expensive, and often for something that can only be used for a single purpose. As Alton Brown would say, “Unitaskers!”
I sighed, pouted, and decided to see if any of the sites online (Ebay, facebook fiber tools groups, etc) had a bobbin winder that I could get at a price I was willing to pay. In my travels I looked at the charkha a tool used for spinning cotton that Ghandi popularized in India to help free his people (it really is a fascinating subject that I intend to dedicate at least one post to in the near future). The Ashford version looked sort of like an amped up bobbin winder, but at almost $400 it would be an even sillier investment than the Unitasker!. However, there was another option a Babe Linten Spindel Charkha Wheel. At $150 it is not less expensive than buying a bobbin winder, and it could be argued I could get a book Charkha and a bobbin winder for about the same price, I am very happy with my purchases.
Babe’s Fiber Garden was amazing at helping me figure out if using their wheel as a bobbin winder would be a reality or not. They even offered to send me some bands that are used for animal castration thinking that these will be a good size to keep my bobbins on their spindle. I really look forward to playing with my new Mulit-Tasker as soon as it gets here! I have some cotton left over from last year when the Cotton Clouds kit was on clearance from Woolery, but this playing might have to wait until Spinzilla is over!
I may even get time over the next year to tell Babe’s Fiber Garden that their new Garden loom looks like it would be good for Sprang!