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Media Link: Spin, For The Win! (39:54)

Fiber Beat #16, "Spin, For The Win!"

There's a million crafters in Fiber City and we've all got a yarn to spin.

Bobbin's Nest Studio

This episode of Fiber Beat is underwritten by Bobbin's Nest Studio, from Santa Clara, CA. Bobbin's Nest is a fabric and yarn store specializing in: knitting, sewing, crochet, and hand embroidery. If you're in town for Stitches West, come visit Bobbin's Nest for the Hazel Knits and Three Irish Girls Trunk Show. This event is Thursday, February 17, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. You can also visit the Bobbin's Nest crew at the Jordana Paige Booth on Saturday, February 19th.

Fiber Beat, Episode 16: "Spin, For The Win!" featuring Abby Franquemont, Denny McMillan & Jeremy Armstrong

In this episode, I spoke with an artist whose work on promoting RESPECT for the spindle, has been a life's journey for her and her family, Abby Franquemont. I sat down with Abby and her trusty sidekick, Denny McMillan, after a Sock Summit beginning spinning workshop. Next on the show, I chatted with one of the most innovative spindle makers creating right now, Jeremy Armstrong, known to his Etsy customers as Trindleman. Jeremy has updated the spindle design by creating a highly efficient, lightweight and collapsable tool that he has dubbed the Trindle. A picture of the Trindle appears in Abby's "Respect the Spindle" and he got early mentions in Spin-Off magazine & on the Yarn Harlot's blog. I spoke with Jeremy about his foray into spindle design and production.

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Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 16

I have a signed copy of Abby's Respect the Spindle for one lucky listener. All you have to do to enter is tell us which of all your spindles, is one of your favorites. One of my favorite spindles is my Tracy Eichem Kokopeli themed top whorl spindle. I love the theme of the design but I also appreciate the superior craftsmanship that makes this spindle a LONG spinner. Now, it's your turn.

To enter the drawing, please leave your comment on fiberbeat.com or on the Fiber Beat Ravelry forum. One winner will be randomly selected from all the entries. DEADLINE FOR ENTERING IS March 7, 2011.

The winner of the Fiber Beat CONTEST for Episode No. 15 is Lisa. Her signed copy of Simple Shapes, Spectacular Quilts is on its way to her home. Thank you to everyone who participated and congratulations to Lisa.

I would like to thank sponsor Bobbin's Nest for their continued support and to thank you our awesome listeners for downloading and listening to our first TWENTY-THREE episodes (audio/video) of Fiber Beat! Finally, I'd like to extend a whirling dervish of thanks to Abby Franquemont, Denny McMillan & Jeremy Armstrong.

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  • My favorite spindle is Maggie, my mid-whorl from Magpie Woodworks. I love it for many reasons, not the least of which being it is a special gift I received several years ago. It was also my first non-anchor, if you will. Though I had great desire to spin, up until I received Maggie, I did not have much of anything that remotely resembled success, and the thought that I might not be cut out for spinning was beginning to creep into my mind. From almost the moment I picked Maggie up, I could feel the difference, and knew that my spinning experience was about to change.

    posted by: Sarah on 2011-03-06 06:15:15

  • My favorite spindle is my Golding Tsunami for several reasons. Mainly, it spins forever and is light enough to spin cashmere, silk or fine alpaca. Another reason is because I made my husband give it to me for our wedding anniversary. Lastly, it was "given" to me around the time the big tsunami hit Thailand. Very memorable indeed.

    posted by: Vicki Suan on 2011-03-05 20:57:53

  • I LOVE my trindle that I bought at last year's MDSW festival. I was devastated when one of the arms broke. My trindle was so light, spun so fast and looked so pretty when it spun. It was great to hear that he has a lifetime warranty!

    posted by: Anne on 2011-03-05 18:59:25

  • oh oh ... I don't have a spindle/have never spun, but after this podcast I think I'm going to try and find a class -- it sounds even more soothing and wonderful than knitting LOL. LOVED both sections, but esp. loved all the info about the trindle ... don't we all just love our tools LOL. And if I EVER get to the East Bay, I will time my trip to getting a class with you/Verb people!!

    posted by: Maryjo on 2011-03-04 02:11:36

  • I used one of my Ken Ledbetter spindles in my Stitches class this past weekend with Merike Saarniit. The spindle has a walnut whorl with a southwest clay disk and a bloodwood shaft. It was yummy. Also, it was great having you in class.

    posted by: Julie on 2011-02-24 05:20:41

  • I started spinning last November and I'm in love with my 0.75 oz Golding - it's simple, cherry wood, and I love love love it.

    posted by: Natalie on 2011-02-24 02:05:31

  • Thanks for another great episode! I just learned to spin on a drop spindle about a month ago and only have one spindle. I'm not exactly sure what to call it--it has crossed arms like a Turkish spindle but they are flat blades rather than being curved. So far I am liking it pretty well but I would like to try a lighter spindle next. After I finish writing this comment, I'll be heading over to check out the Trindles!

    posted by: Kira on 2011-02-23 01:53:25

  • Thank you for your inspiring podcast. I greatly enjoy it. My favorite spindle is my Bosworth Midi. It is very well balanced, spins like a dervish and is just beautiful:-)

    posted by: Kelley on 2011-02-22 20:07:29

  • I only have one spindle, so I guess it's my favourite. I couldn't tell you who made it - I bought it on a whim at my LYS a couple of years ago. I love spinning on it - in fact, for spinning silk, it's way more pleasant than my wheel. Thanks for another excellent podcast!

    posted by: Nathalie Nasr on 2011-02-22 00:50:27

  • Your show is so professional and informative, I look forward to each episode and just sent you a contribution.

    posted by: Susan on 2011-02-20 18:48:09

  • I only own one spindle so far, but I could see how I could collect a lot more! I am a very new beginner and not very good right now. But it's a top whorl one that I bought from a 4-H group. It came in a bag with dyed fiber, all ready to go! Seems like it would be a good one to start with....

    posted by: Denise on 2011-02-18 11:27:35

  • Well, the sad news is I don't own a spindle- BUT a lovely woman at my knitting group in Gresham is teaching me to spin on her large Turkish spindle and I am loving it. So right now I love the Turkish spindle- maybe I'll find one of my own at Madrona this weekend? fingers crossed! PS Another awesome show! so glad we have you WonderMike!

    posted by: Marni Schroeder on 2011-02-17 14:38:46

  • Awesome episode! My favorite spindle is a Helen Fleischer Sculpted Rabbits spindle. I LOVE it!

    posted by: gail on 2011-02-17 05:43:03

  • I took my first spinning lesson a couple weeks ago. I have to say, I failed miserably. I knew it wouldn't be easy, but I had no idea it would be quite as difficult as it was. I don't yet own any spinning equipment. But I definitely think it would be good to invest in a spindle before I consider a wheel. Thanks much for the contest.

    posted by: Savannagal on 2011-02-16 20:19:39

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