When I started spinning, I started with an Ashford top-whorl drop spindle. I learned with it and all the early stuff was done on it. In fact it was about a year before I moved on to a spinning wheel but I've always kept my love for the drop spindle.
Recently the spindle has come up again and I decided to spin some dark blue fiber I got on one of my trips. I'm amazed at how quickly the first skein worked up. Have a look:
It's not a hugely soft fiber, more along the lines of Border Leicester, but it's a pretty color. This skein is a little over 200 yards for 2 ounces. I have to admit that it took me a little while to get the rhythm again for the spindle but it was a lot of fun. I still have a couple more ounces to go then I'll need to do some white because my thought is to do a pair of fulled blue/white fair isle mittens. There was a pattern in a recent PieceWork that I would love to try.
In other news, I've hit a milestone with the Amish Center Diamond afghan. I've finished the 3rd side! Whoohoo! Now I'm in the process of picking up the 252 stitches for the final side. I have to admit, it's a little daunting, knowing how long the 3rd side took. But it is cozy and I love it so I guess I'll just pull up my thick, felted socks (did I mention it's been cold here?) and get on with it.
I've also got a progress pic of the beaded purse. Not much to say at this point except that this is it.