Yesterday I had a chance to collect a few hazel sticks and made sure not to miss it: one is going to become a distaff, another has been cut into two #spindle stick size bits
The one that has been already carved into shape look pretty irregular, but I've tried it with one of the salt dough whorls I've made last week and it is surprisingly well balanced. With the other one I'm going to try to let it cure a bit before carving.
I think I'd prefer to have a notch on the stick, but I didn't want to ruin the one I've bought, so I decided to carve one of the ones I had (made from a dowel) to resemble the shape, and added the notch to this latter one.
And then of course I really want to make my own whorls, but I still don't have a way to fire clay, so I had to limit myself to plastic (polymer clay), which is probably not a good choice for a number of reason, but should work for a whorl or two...
The cernit whorl weights about the same as the clay one, and is bigger, but not as bigger as I feared.
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Should I start carrying salt in my backpack (IRL) in case I meet hostile spellcasters? Or should I start worrying about salt in case I suddenly become able to cast spells?
Should I read less fantasy stuff before going to sleep?
¹ generalizing to groups of more people and/or more degrees of freedom is left as an exercise to the reader
I received my new spindle + whorl + wool kit, made myself a distaff from a dowel and a band of fabric from my bag of odd pieces, and decided to start trying with some of the modern top I was already used to.
Between the different technique and the lack of a hook it feels a lot like starting again from scratch, but I'm starting to get back a tiny bit of consistency and the yarn is no longer breaking every other metre or so. I'm happy I kept the nice wool for later, however.