On Finding Perfection in a Spindle
Sometimes in life we are lucky enough to find something that is beautiful in both form and function. It is this merging of art and craft that delights me. Sadly it is something that is often missing in the world in which we live. Perhaps it is what draws so many of us to traditional crafts like knitting and spinning.
After returning from MDS&W, I couldn't stop thinking about the spindle I didn't buy. I had purchased a few spindles already that Saturday, and by the time I got to the booth with the Spindlewoods it was hard to justify one, let alone two more. So I picked out a sweet 1/2 oz. mini spindle and went on my way. Days went by and I couldn't stop thinking about how nice that second one would have been. Something with a little more weight, but not so heavy that I couldn't easily spin lace on it.
"Why not send an e-mail to the good folks at Spindlewood?", I thought. Perhaps they have a few laying around that they'd like to sell. When I received a return e-mail from Steve, I realized that not only was I dealing with a talented artisan who cares deeply about making spindles that his customers will adore, but also that here was a man who is such a sweet, kind person that he makes you feel like you are having a friend customize a spindle just for you. Along with his chatty e-mails he sent photos of whorls for me to choose from. In the end, the package that arrived in the mail today contained my dream spindle. Spinning on this glorious object makes the desire to buy a wheel a little less urgent. It spins forever, yet I am able to spin a very fine, thread-like single.
This my friends is the perfect spindle. And Steve? Well lets just say that it is meeting people like Steve that makes me glad that I am a knitter and a spinner.