I have, unfortunately, a grievous confession to make. St. Patrick was not, in fact, Irish. Eeee! He did, though, to be very fair, spend a great deal of time in Ireland and is considered one of Ireland's patron saints because of his charitable work, and not necessarily for his descent.
I have, equally unfortunately, another grievous confession: our celtic spindle is not actually celtic. Eeee!
Okay, technically it is. The spindle whorl (the blue part) was taken directly from traditional Celtic designs. However, likely ancient cultures used simpler, clay whorls like the ones in this in-depth, very intense Google search.
This spindle weighs 22 grams. I appreciated this article from SpinOff about drop spindle weights. Basically, a spindle weight matters, especially if you're new to spinning. Oddly, it also doesn't quite matter, at least according to the author.
The way you use the drop spindles--whether from ancient clay or modern PLA--is exactly the same. Ashlea at Heart Hook Homespun shows a step-by-step process in this post. We're also hoping to put out our own tutorial, once we've updated instructions with the charkha wheel. Stay tuned!
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