Hand-carved bead from a little shop in Amsterdam: 80p


Bamboo dpn: free really, as I bought the set for making i-cord.


Sheepy egg-cup from Wonderwool ‘07: £2


That thrill you experience when your tiny support spindle stands up and spins with grace: Priceless.


I spotted 10 minutes a day on a blog somewhere and later discovered that there’s a ravelry group. The idea stuck in my head and I decided to apply it to improving my support spindle spinning. I hereby pledge to practice for ten minutes every day this summer.


At the moment I’m spinning some cashmere which I bought ages age, it’s boring white but ok to practise on. I’m getting some cotton sliver, and will hopefully progress to the gorgeous naturally coloured cotton like you can see here.

The spare bead, btw, which isn’t a spindle yet, is for Kai. Who I’m hoping will join me on this venture!

12 Responses to “Ten Minutes a Day”
  1. Ali says:

    I’ll join you! It means I’ll get to use my spindles to spin smaller bits for ten minutes at least!

    Now… what should I spin??

  2. Soo says:

    Very clever!!

  3. Tournesol says:

    Did you pay with Mastercard at any point …?

  4. PrincessPea says:

    That’s so cute! I’ve never seen such a tiny spindle!

  5. Kai says:

    Of course I’ll join you and the cotton should be with you next week sometime, assuming I get to the PO tomorrow. :)

    Cashmere is never boring! But I am looking forward to the cotton.

  6. DebbieB says:

    Awesome! I’m not much for spinning on supported spindles, which just means I need more practice. :) I have a little tahkli that I’ve spun some cotton sliver on, and I should pull it out and work on it some more.

    I think it was Judy at Smatterings that came up with the 10 Minutes a Day.

  7. Moggle says:

    I find it hard to believe spinning cashmere can be boring :-)

  8. Mum says:

    You have inspired me to get out a spindle again.
    Didn’t I give you some coloured cotton sliver??

  9. Mum says:

    Should be good for kid mohair, too ;-)

  10. Diane says:

    Ok, I admit. It’s not so much the cashmere that’s boring, just the fact that it’s white ;-) maybe I’ll dye the rest.

    And yes, you did give me some cotton, and I posted it and it never showed up :-( Somewhere out there is a parcel containing lovely coloured organic cotton soaked in Neil’s melted easter eggs…

  11. Joanne says:

    That is a lovely spindle! You can do a lot in 10 minutes a day. I used to use a support spindle when I had a slow internet connection. I did spin a lot of fine cotton–but I don’t think I ever had a use for it! Hopefully your cashmere will be a delight!

  12. Mum says:

    I’ll send you some more - in a fit of rash optimism I bought quite a lot.
    I was going to post something soon, for some reason, I think ;-)

    Don’t know about Easter Eggs, though, Safeway doesn’t seem to have them in yet.

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