Monday, May 28, 2012

Nostepinnes... get your nostepinnes...

The nostepinne test cases continue - and I think I've hit on a design I like. Up to now, I've completed four of various sizes:

From the top, that's honey locust, osage orange, purpleheart and flame birch. At first I thought the top two might be too large, but then I compared the winding end to my NKK ball winder, and... these are definitely still smaller.

Circumference of narrowest end and widest end of several winding tools.
And, yes, smaller than a Northern toilet paper roll tube, too. (Hey - those are useful for storing samples and small lots of yarn.) So today, I embarked on a quest to try and hit the perfect size. Work in progress...

Making a lot of wood shavings, definitely.
Nostepinne in progress
The final result - good proportions between a comfortable handle and good-sized winding end, along with the requisite yarn-notch for starting the ball, and a built-in half-inch WPI (wraps per inch) gauge just above the handle. And, I just love birdseye maple anyway.

Look at all of those eyes!
Birdseye Maple Nostepinne
I finally finished plying some yarn, too - this is Bugga! Fiber from Cephalopod Yarns in the Panoply of Heaven colorway. Ended up with 558 yds/115gm of 2-ply light fingering weight.

Latest handspun yarn - a superwash merino/cashmere/nylon blend.
 Running... I met Adrienne and Kevin at Queeny Park on Sunday, for a nice romp through the park in the heat. It was about 77F when we started, and when I finished my 8 miles, 90F. It was great to see them both again.

Sunday: 8 mi @ Queeny Park (with Kevin and A) - walk/run


  1. Gorgeous work! I love purpleheart, and the maple is lovely... I've been looking for a WPI gauge, haven't been able to find one anywhere. I know I could just use a ruler but I like pretty things. :) Are you planning to sell any of these creations?

  2. Thank you! Yes, I am at some point - I think I'm about at the design I want to reproduce. Now I just have to work on sourcing packing materials. I swear, the devil's in the details! Where to find tubes and bubble wrap at a decent price? :-)

  3. Are you selling them yet? Where can I go to buy one?

  4. Hi - yes! I have a few up in my shop here:

    I will probably be turning a couple more this weekend, if you want to watch for new listings next week. Thanks for your interest!