I've been talking to Mr. Bear for a while now about how I want to make my own spindles. I have visions of creating beautiful resin things containing thousands of flower petals, or small stones, or seashells. The spindle I'm about to show you is not one of those spindles.
I explained to him how you can make a functional drop spindle with a pen and a cd, and it got me thinking about making functional spindles out of whatever was on hand.
The usual useless stuff recruiters throw at you.
round thing + long skinny thing = spindle
It's much to light to spin anything heavy on, but I managed to make a very small skein of 2-ply bamboo yarn on it. All in all, a successful experiment in turning disposable items into a functional tool. I've decided to turn it into an actual activity. I'm calling it Guerilla Spinning(some people use that term to describe any act of spinning in public, but I'm taking it up to 11). Keep some fiber in your purse or backpack or wallet, and when you're out and about, see if you can put together a functional spindle from items on hand. I'll keep you posted on what I manage to throw together. Happy spinning!
Tiny skein of bamboo yarn, courtesy of the USAF