Drop spindles are also available, and these are an excellent tool to “test out” spinning without investing a lot of money in a wheel.

Ashford 50mm Drop Spindle
Ashford 50mm Drop Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from solid silver beech hardwood, lightly lacquered and smooth. Total length including hook, 18cm (7 inches). Whorl diameter is 50mm (1.97 inches). Weighs approximately 15 - 17g (.53 - .6 oz). You can't beat this as a good value light spindle for learning to do lace weight yarns. If you can't afford a fancy hand-turned exotic spindle, consider this one first! The whorl features two notches.

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Ashford 70mm Drop Spindle
Ashford 70mm Drop Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from solid silver beech hardwood, lightly lacquered and smooth. Total length including hook, 26cm (10.24 inches). Whorl diameter is 70mm (2.76 inches). Weighs approximately 38 - 41g (1.34 - 1.45 oz). A great "go to" spindle for a wide range of yarn weights, not too heavy and not too light. The whorl features two notches.

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Ashford 90mm Drop Spindle
Ashford 90mm Drop Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from solid silver beech hardwood, lightly lacquered and smooth. Total length including hook, 31cm (12.2 inches). Whorl diameter is 90mm (3.54 inches). Weighs approximately 85 - 89g (3 - 3.14 oz). Another good choice for a beginner's spindle, then later it's got a terrific long shaft that will hold loads of plied yarn. The whorl features two notches.

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Ashford drop spindle @ The Fibre Garden
Ashford Student Spindle
Canadian shipping only The new and improved Student Drop Spindle is now lighter and has a fixed top whorl that makes it ideal for beginners and teaching. Made from sold silver beech hardwood, unfinished but easily stained, painted or varnished if you desire. Shaft length 9-1/4 inches (235mm). Whorl diameter is 80mm (3-1/8 inches). Weighs approximately 65 grams (2.25 oz). This new lighter version is a better weight for beginners. There is no yarn notch in the whorl but use a file to make one if you want. PRODUCT of NEW ZEALAND
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Turkish Spindles @ The Fibre Garden
Ashford Turkish Spindle
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From Ashford, this is made from sold silver beech hardwood, unfinished but easily stained, painted or varnished if you desire. Removable crossbars are 15.5cm (6 inches) across. Shaft length including hook, 37.5cm (14.75 inches. Weighs approximately 50g (1.76 oz). A fairly large Turkish spindle, but great for medium to thick yarns and as a beginner spindle.

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Louet Octagonal
Louet Octagonal

From Louet, this is made from unfinished wood with an interesting octagonal-shaped whorl. Easily stained, painted or varnished if desired. Shaft length including hook, 25cm (9.8 inches). Whorl diameter is 6.5cm (2.6 inches). Weighs approximately 41 - 46g (1.4 - 1.6 oz). Another beginner spindle of excellent value, with a midrange weight that makes it great for spinning medium to thin yarns. Some people describe this as being "purse sized". No notch on the whorl but the interesting shape helps to keep your yarn from slipping.

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Majacraft Turkish Spindle Set
Majacraft Turkish Spindle Set
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A super-cool design from Majacraft, essentialy three Turkish spindles in one, sold as a set. Made from New Zealand Rimu wood (like most of their wheels) with a single shaft measuring 30.5 cm (12 inches) including hook. The three sets of crossbars give you the option to spin with varying weights on the shaft, giving a total weight of 15, 20 or 30g (.5, .7 or 1 oz)

We love the flexibility this set offers the spinner, letting you make any thickness of yarn you desire. Comes with a cute little fabric bag with a drawstring. Everybody will think you have a plastic recorder in your handbag -- remember those? Instead of playing "Hot Cross Buns" you can impress them with your spinning instead.

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