Monday, 25 February 2013

Oh snowy Monday. With links.

I woke up today to a wintry-looking world again - it has snowed more than 12 cm by now, snow is still falling, and everything is covered in a soft, fluffy layer of white. The cat has ventured out anyway, and she will probably be quite wet when she comes back. But that's not what you are here for, right? You are here for... juicy links. Here you go.

Coming up in the V&A in March is a new exhibition called "Treasures of the Royal Courts", showing among other things treasures from the court of Henry VIII.

And in case you prefer reading about stuff right now instead of looking at it some time in March: I have recently re-discovered a link to the Electronic Theses Online Service the British Library offers. You can search the EThOS database for authors, keywords, the usual; and quite a few of the theses are downloadable for free.

Finally a little bit of curiosity: have any of you experience with spinning on a spindle held (and turned) in the hand? If so, what do you like about that technique - are there advantages to turning in hand compared to a suspended spindle?


Harma said...

With my knowledge now, I might have tried that technique for the spindle from Hell.

Beatrix Nutz had some of those spindles at the last Forum, can she help you?

Anonymous said...

I know how to use a spindle like that although I must admit I´m not very good at it. My experiece is - it is a lot slower than spinning with a drop spindle and I tend to get cramps in my fingers after some lenght of time(but again - that might be because I´m not good at it). The advantage: You are much more mobile. If you fancy taking a walk while spinning the spindle won´t dangle between your legs and get in the way. You also don´t even have to look at the spindle while turning it - something I found very convenient when I was spinning while simultaneously listening (and watching) a presentation. Plus: As the yarn just jumps over the tip of your spindle while spinning you don´t have to "unhook" the yarn every time you want to wind spun yarn onto the spindle.



Teri said...

It's standard to spin an akha spindle like that. You load up twist while you are supporting the spindle. You can then let it spin unsupported to add more twist. I tend to see that technique used more on fibers that are a bit fragile (like cotton, before it has enough twist.)

A Life Long Scholar said...

Envious of your snow--a couple of thousand km to the north of you (more or less, depending on exactly where in Germany you are) we have temps above freezing, and our snow is melting...