Saturday, January 19, 2008


I read about the Spindolyn on Shannon Okey's blog.

As someone who intends to learn to spin today (posts to come) this looks like a great idea. But is it somehow cheating? Would a motorized spinning wheel be cheating? Do motorized spinning wheels exist already?

Anyway, I think they need a different approach to the commercial. They need to show people dropping their drop spindles (but not on purpose), standing in odd positions, looking frustrated, with a voice over that says "are you tired of this?" or "has this happened to you?" Then they need to show the product, and throw in a second one for free if you call in the next 15 minutes.


Anonymous said...

I don't think it's cheating, you are still spinning you own fiber. It looks a lot easier than a drop spindle. Might be worth a shot. I may have to do so myself :-)

SpinalCat said...

Supported spindles are nothing new, though the Spindolyn is beautiful!! They are most commonly used for short fine fibers like silk or cotton, where the weight of a drop spindle would be a problem. Electric spinners are also nothing new.
They are very popular with production spinners or people with mobility issues (or people who just don't feel like treadling or having a huge wheel taking up floor space). It's all still hand-spinning, since the fiber is controlled by hand.