Someone is wearing the skirt that I knit for her as a poncho!
This Friday I am teaching a small group of K-5th grade kids to spin, using drop spindles. Since I can't afford to buy them each a spindle I decided to make some.
I considered making spindles with CDs, but then found instructions for using wooden wheels intended for toy making. The wheels are 2 1/2 inches across, and I used 3/8 inch dowels and sawed them down to 10 inch lengths. The dowels were a little too big in diameter, so I had to sand one end until it fit through the wheel, and then glued them in place. I drilled the holes for the cup hooks but managed to break a drill bit in a dowel, and also split open a dowel trying to screw in a cup hook. Of eight attempted drop spindles I ended up with six, which is exactly how many I needed.
The final cost was $15, including a discount that the woodworking store gave to me (yay!) which works out to $2.50 a spindle, so totally affordable!
Anyone have tips for spinning with kids? Wish me luck!