Experimenting with a Turkish Spindle

In March, I picked up this lovely Turtle Made Turkish Spindle at Fibres West. That night I immediately got started on a 2oz braid of lovely Polwarth Silk from Sweet Georgia.

Every night before bed, I would spin for 5-10 minutes. It made the process very slow, but I liked the quiet reflection just before climbing into bed to go to sleep.


Eventually I had two little turtles ready for plying. They weren’t pretty but they were functional. My friend, Diana wrote a great post about her turkish turtles. It’s a really interesting point of view!


I had started each of my turtles in a different way. One with a leader of yarn, the other by putting the fibre into the base of the spindle and spinning a leader that way. I found that my yarn leader came off the spindle a little better but they both worked well.


Then I started making my plying ball. I have a small felted ball that I use to wrap the fibre around. I find it makes the plying process much easier!



All done!


Then I set off to ply. I used my Steampunk Spindle. I find that I can fit a lot of fibre on it. In the past, I’ve plyed an entire 4 oz braid on it… and still had room! I didn’t take any photos during the process, but here it is, all done.




Finally, I was left with just under 200 yards of beautiful, fluffy two ply yarn. I found that the weight from the turkish spindle created a beautiful halo on my fibre and I’m thrilled with the final product. Now to decide what to make with it!



Happy Friday! I hope you have a wonderful weekend full of adventure and crafting ahead of you.


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  • Rachel

    I’m just blown away at how this turned out. It is truly beautiful yarn. And the halo! I was shocked on Tuesday at guild. Also, I love that photo of the Steampunk standing in the wood. Also, how you wind when plying is really interesting – I’ve not seen that. Would love to learn more.

    • Katrina Stewart

      Thanks Rachel. I’ll happily show you the wind on the next time we see each other!

  • Chrissy

    Really gorgeous Katrina!

    • Katrina Stewart

      Thanks so much Chrissy!

  • AsKatKnits

    That yarn is so beautiful!! I am spinning up some Cormo on a drop spindle right now, I was planning it to be a singles yarn, but this makes me think about plying it! I would love to learn more about how you wrap to ply! Great post!

    • Katrina Stewart

      Thank you so much! I’ll do a follow up post about the plying balls, it makes it so easy to ply on a spindle. I’ve not spun Cormo before, but I’ve heard that it’s lovely to spin!

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