Worldwide Spin in Public Day

or WWSiPD, for short.

Saturday, September 19. Tami organized the Hillsboro spin-in at the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market, and it was great. Lots of spinners, under the canopies on a slightly drippy morning. There were even goodie bags! Here’s the loot:


I forgot my camera, so these are from the camera phone. Sorry.

tami melissa 2

That’s Tami on the left. She’s such an enabler. She got me started with my little Turkish drop spindle last month. Melissa is next to her.

rachel sarah

Rachel is wearing her February Lady Sweater, and winding on a niddy-noddy. (I just say these words. I’m not sure what everything is, being the new girl and all.) There were lots of wheels out, but there were also spindles.


Dana is on the right with a Turkish drop spindle. I asked her how she controls the fiber while it’s waiting to be spun. So far I’ve been throwing it over my shoulder and letting it drag on the floor, so I needed a better way to control my fiber in public. She showed me a little i-cord distaff that she made with some handspun, and then she gave me one! This will keep my fiber off the floor. Thanks, Dana! Seated are ? (didn’t catch her name, although we did have a conversation) with a top whorl spindle, Melinda, and Jessica.

cd spindle

This is a CD spindle; that works, too. I tried a top-whorl spindle that looks like the bottom whorl spindle at right. It was harder for me to get the spin going smoothly; I’m used to twirling the Turkish Delight from the top like, well, a top! But it does work. That’s Bobbie behind the spindle; she’s also an enabler, and she knows it. She was teaching kids to spin. In public!


This is Jessica with a larger Turkish spindle. She has her fiber coiled around her wrist. That works, too.

Do you spin? Did you spin in public today? Where? Enquirin’ minds wanna know!

13 responses to “Worldwide Spin in Public Day

  1. I enjoyed this post! I’m not a spinner — and have no plans to be — but I love people who are passionate about their crafts.

  2. You’re mystery girl is Robyn ( She’s a young mother that just learned how to spin this spring. She’s been bitten hard by the spinning bug and is the one that bought the Ladybug at SS09 (

    It was great having you there! Glad too that you got to see that people can be happy with spindles for spinning. Here’s some Golding’s to drool over: other than the Golding’s, others really like the Bosworth’s: (you can also check out the Journey wheel on his site).

    Further enabling did occur above. 😉

  3. How fun! It looks like a great time was had by all, including you. 🙂

    I have no interest in spinning because I think my husband would kill me if I pick up yet another expensive habit, LOL!

  4. Thanks for posting this! I wished I could’ve gone, so living a little vicariously. Sadly I didn’t spin, just knit in public. My wheel is a little el busto thanks to Eli’s handi work. But I’m trading it in at OFFF. BUT they won’t have my new one until the next monday I think. SO SAD!!! I’m going to try and hit a hardware store tomorrow to see if I can’t fix my wheel. Not that I don’t have plenty of other things to do!

  5. That looks like so much fun – I haven’t spun in the longest time, and spinning with other people is always fun!

  6. I have a Schacht Hi-Lo spindle, but I’ve never been successful at getting it to work properly as a bottom-whirl spindle. How funny that what we learn first seems so much easier! Seeing your Turkish spindle is making me want one! It looks so elegant.

  7. Looks like you had a great time! I really need to set aside some time for spinning…sigh. 🙂

  8. I don’t knit and finally start to feel like I understand the blog posts and then you go and add spinning! I should just give up now. Sounds like you’re having a great time.

  9. Looks like a fun day!! Nope, I’m not a spinner and my stash hopes I never cross over to the darkside (there just isn’t any more room!!).

  10. it’s so good that as a newish spinner you got to take part in this!

  11. Janice in Camas

    I didn’t spin in public because I’m taking my first spinning class (drop spindle) on Sunday next at OFFF! Excited? Yes.

  12. I dragged the spinning wheel out on the front porch and called it public spinning. Your day looks like it was a lot of fun.

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