How do you know when a cop is full?
The sillier amongst us aren’t even thinking of fiber at the moment but really, I’m not making fun of police officers. It’s taking all I can do to not make the obvious joke, but you know what it is if you’re silly so you can finish it for me.
I’m talking fiber here.
The cop is the bunch of yarn that is wound around the shaft of your spindle and sometimes it gets full. You can wind off early but if you want to pack on whatever you can then there are a few hints and some are pretty clearly a slap against the head. And well, I like to pack mine so sometimes the only clue I listen to are the slaps.
It’s a little different for top and bottom whorls but as a spindle fills up (the same as when a bobbin fills) it spins differently. You can compensate for this and add more of course. Sometimes your cop will slip more. You’ll drop the spindle more. and then comes the slap. The yarn doesn’t stay in it’s notch. If you have a bottom whorl and use the half hitch, you won’t have as much of a problem with this.
The problem with the yarn not staying in the notch is that it will slip around and off creating a mess. Sometimes it seams seated until you give it a good whing off your leg and thats where the mess really happens. I wish I had taken a photo of the last few messes I had. It takes about 10 or so before I clue in and stop. I can put more on a low whorl than a top whorl. Though I am faster spinning a top.
This is a fairly full cop for me. I could put more on there but walking on the treadmill when it falls because it’s slipping, it’s not a good thing. Luckily this was the end of that fiber so I can ply and move on to a new project…Mole
That’s mole pronounced ‘Mohlay’. As in the sauce on Mexican food. Mmmm Mole. It was made special by Abby and It’s my new treadmill spinning along with my new Cedar spindle from Bosworth. Yummy stuff for sure.
But last night I spent some time with the wheel. I stayed up late, so late I stayed up til this morning spinning something special.
It’s for a special project that will be a shawl. The special thing is that you will have a chance to make it your own. Details will come next week.