I just finished using my Ashford spinning wheel to ply this yarn. I spun the singles on this Schacht drop spindle. This yarn is special among my skeins of handspun because it is the first that I have dyed myself. It's not my most favorite yarn ever, color-wise, but good enough that I am undeterred, and will dye again.
I stayed up rather late last night trying to get it all plied and off my spindle so that I could show you this tip, and not just tell you about it.
Do you see the slanted stripes of clear "stuff" on the shaft of my spindle, on the end nearest the whorl? Those are SO helpful!
When I spin, I find that the cop of yarn I am building up will eventually start sliding around the shaft. This causes two really aggravating problems. First, the cop doesn't stay firmly lodged against the whorl, so as I am winding on, sometimes my strand of yarn gets between the cop and the whorl and makes for a messy and tangled cop of yarn. The other problem is even worse. As I am spinning, the cop gets pulled on and unwinds, meaning that my spun yarn gets longer from the bottom, and I can't spin very much in each length before winding on. Is that making sense? It's difficult to describe.
So, my solution, plug in my hot glue gun and apply a corkscrew of hot glue around the shaft of my spindle, beginning at the whorl end. As you can see, I didn't do this along the whole shaft, just the part that I would begin winding around. It's such a simple thing, but it gives enough grip to the shaft to keep the cop still. Problem solved. It works perfectly.