Hogie Crossing


Hogies aka Bottom Whorl Spindles by Tom Hogan.

L-R Whorls & Weights: Cedar, 15g (great for cotton, unsupported); Birch, 30g; Natural Southern Pine, 35g; Southern Pine, 40g; Walnut, 30g; Walnut 30g; Maple 55g (perfect plying spindle)


My walnut Hogie in a basket of spindlespun Gulf Coast Native yarns.


Here’s my walnut spindle whorl up close. It has a Danish oil finish, very smooth and natural. We sell these spindles at our farmers’ market for $16 – $20. They come with a hunk of roving and a lesson.

These bottom whorl drop spindles spin long and true. No wobbling. At all. The notches are perfect. If you are a spinner of heavy yarns, Tom can carve a big notch for you. Likewise, if you spin laceweight, you want to ask for a small notch. These spindles are made after the one I used back in 1972 at West Dean College in Arundel (Sussex) England where I studied spinning, dyeing, and weaving. Actually, I still have that spindle…and it still spins like a top. I’ve spun many a sweater’s worth of yarn on that old spindle.


Holly & Sally Weather the Storm


Miss Sally hasn’t been this clean since she was two weeks old. Even her ears are clean. Quite amazing. Here she is, rummaging around on the ground looking for chicken feed. She sure loves chicken feed. Who wouldn’t. We feed the birds an alfalfa and corn mix. Out of the frame, but never far away, is Holly, Sally’s twin sister. The rain did wonders for their fleece. Well, on their backs, that is.


The girls had their hair parted down the middle by the rain. This is Sally. There’s a picture of her buttery yellow fleece down below. Well, she sure does clean up good. Anybody who thinks you need to scour in hot hot water with detergent is just plain mistaken. Without all the dust, boy, this is one soft fleece. The tips are not hard, by the way. Very nice indeed.


Here’s my dirty girl. Luscious.