~ We love rocks! (And yes, I know we have rocks in our heads.) This gene is directly traceable to our Grandma Agnes. Both of us have rocks in our yards that were collected over the years by grandma. Grandpa Ole swore that when moving to California from Minnesota in the 1940′s it took twice as long to get here because grandma kept seeing rocks by the side of the road and insisted he had to pull over so she could “get it”. Somewhere there is a picture of grandma by the side of the road during the move picking up a stone. Look at this wonderful hill of rocks outside of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. How could we not stop and pick up some rocks! Keep in mind, we flew up during our Northwest Trip so we carried rocks home in our suitcases! (Are you still muttering about rocks in our heads?) I have hauled small rocks home from all my trips. Hello Spain, Australia, Caribbean, etc. I also have a collection of heart-shaped rocks.
It can’t be any surprise that when surfing for a new spindle, I immediately fell in love with one made out of green jasper. I LOVE jasper, it reminds me of Montana. They have a dirt road on the way to Morell Falls which I call the “stop and go” road. The main rocks are red and green jasper. When it is wet, the road has patches of red followed by patches of green. Really awesome! The jasper spindle called to me. I HAD to have it. It is now mine. Isn’t this beautiful! The heft is just right. The shaft has a wonderful twist to it.
Unfortunately, this is the worst spindle I have ever spun with! The rock is too small and slick to use as an effective whorl. And then there is the too small, horrid hook….. 8-( The spun yarn keeps slipping off of the wrap under the whorl and winding around the hook. I had a difficult time taking the picture, but can you see how many times the yarn is wrapped around the hook? I was determined to give it a try, finally too exasperated to continue. So beware, beauty is only skin deep. Lesson learned. Sigh… I want a beautiful spindle which is also usable. Input needed. What is your favorite spindle? I’m in the market. I’ll keep this one out to gaze at.