I'd gotten to where I felt pretty comfortable spinning on my cd spindle when I acquired my Bosworth Beauty. I took out a baggie of alpaca that I've been hording (why do we hord fiber? or good stationery? Or nice linens? No more, but that's for another post). I wanted my first spinning on her to be a lovely fiber, and it's a sensual experience: the smoothness of the wood, the softness of the fiber. I ran into a problem that I didn't have on the cd spindle, though, a problem that it has taken me three days of searching to find a name for, let alone a solution. As I spin, the spindle quickly reverses direction. This is called backspin. The Spindler group archives had some information, as did this site that I've been enjoying this evening. Apparently the qualities that made my new spindle desirable to me (lightness, quickness) are the very things that are hindering me now. The solution? Practice, practice, practice.
But not tonight. I don't know about you, but the time change leaves me wanting even more sleep. And I want that beauty rest. Tomorrow I'm finally going for my new license--gotta look good in that picture! It's more than the picture, though. I'm also changing my name back to my maiden name. I'm nervous about this move. When I got married, I used only my husband's last name, and I felt lost, as though some of my identity had been removed. I took back my maiden name and used it along with my married name (no dash, just two names), and it made me feel better. At this point that double name has been a part of me for over 16 years. I'm afraid that once more I'll have a loss to deal with, but I know in my heart that it is time to make this move. Here's hoping I don't experience a backspin of my own.