Transitions

Early morning rays at a nearby field.
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Thanks for all the well wishes, good thoughts and prayers! Wanda is doing some ongoing testing. Ed is recovering from another bout of a sore throat and congestion made worse by his asthma. We’re learning to pay attention to our bodies and to pace ourselves. It’s crazy how much can change in a few years: Going from being able to push hard hour after hour six to seven days every week with only an occasional break for shows or visiting family to being mindful to go at a much slower pace through the weeks.

This has been a time of a transition of slowly changing course to selling our spindles through a few retailers who have carried our spindles in the past. With the exception of a couple fiber festival vendors we want to support actual brick and mortar yarn shops. It’s hard for them to compete against the presence of online shops when they rely on the walk-in buyer. So far our spindles have gone out to these places:

Apples to Oranges — the local yarn store in Silverton Oregon – one of the best yarn shops in the Willamette Valley. Silverton is a destination town with the Oregon Gardens at the edge of town and the popular Silver Falls State Park less than 20 miles away.
Wanda will be teaching a 1 hour beginning spinning class Saturday, Nov 12th, 11 – noon to pique interest in spindle spinning.

Fibres Plus – southern BC Canada, Dale Friend sells primarily at fiber festivals.

The Wheel Thing  in Lakeville, Connecticut. Janet sells through her website and at fiber festivals.

Yarn Underground – Moscow, Idaho. Shelley has a wonderful store where she spends most of her time selling her handdyed yarns & fibers and all the goodies which crocheters, knitters and spinners need.

A few more stores that used to stock our spindles will be added to the list over the next few weeks as we get a feel for what we can handle. Each will be linked here at the blog.

Never fear! While most of our spindles will be available only through retailers we won’t entirely stop selling in the YarnTools webstore. From time to time we’ll post some spindles here as spindle supply, and time allow.    Any horn spindle, or other extraordinary unusual spindle that Ed makes will be sold via drawings here at the blog. See the blog post in early September if you want to know how our spindle drawings work.

The Periodic Friendly Reminder about shafts: Please be mindful of taking care of your spindle shafts. They’re really quite strong and durable. It’s the very rare exception that one simply breaks due to a weakness in the wood.

Months can go by without any broken shafts then over the course of a few days, usually around the full moon, a number of people need to buy replacement shafts. To insure the new shaft will work well with the existing spindle the same style and weight of spindle must be in stock for Ed to test the replacement shaft as he makes it.  If no spindle matches the style and weight Ed needs to make one which can take a week or two depending on where he’s at in his rotation of spindle making, and if the spindle to be has been rough-cut and hanging to dry.

Shafts don’t break unless left within reach of an animal — many cats and dogs love chomping on shafts; or where they can be stepped or sat on –ouch!!!; or snapped if not placed in a rigid container when not spinning. Remove the shaft from the arms and place next to the arms in a sturdy canister before putting your spindle in your bag or purse.

Thanks!

6 Comments


  1. Thanks so much for your post. Glad to hear that you and Ed are adjusting. And also thanks for listing the retailers who you’re working with. Do take good care and rest up. A big warm hug to each of you! Kitty


  2. Wishing you well in getting these transitions worked out. I am loving my lark, and hope to add one that is a bit larger to my toolbox.

    Take care of yourselves


  3. Take care of yourselves!

    Are you planning to be at Black Sheep? Continue with OFFF?


  4. I hope the transition works well for the both of you. As we all get older, we have to remember to slow down just a bit more and to look after ourselves. 🙂 Wishing you both good health!

    As a greedy aside: I’m glad you’ll occasionally offer spindles on this site, especially the rare horn spindles. As I (and I’m sure many others) are not close to any of the physical stores mentioned in this blog post, we would all greatly appreciate the chance to buy spindles through the web. I have a full flock so I probably wont be in the running to purchase unless it’s a very special-to-me spindle or a horn. 🙂


  5. Take care of yourselves! Best wishes to both of you.


  6. Hello Ed and Wanda,

    I’ll keep holding good thoughts over both of you, and will use my beloved Jenkins spindles with more care than ever before. I’m luckier than most and can see one of your vendors at one of my spring fiber shows. I’m told that there was a foot race and a scrum at her booth at Rhinebeck, in competition for your spindles. So you’re keeping us all fit and feisty. I hope the same for you.

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