Yarntools Info plus a Debut

Jan 6th, eta:  Yarntools website is up and running!!! The drawing spindles (shown below) have also been posted on that blog.

Jan 5th
I don’t normally use this personal blog for business but our spindle website, Yarntools.com has been in limbo so long I’m resorting here in order to help keep people updated more fully than is reasonable through Facebook.
There’s also a new drawing! Details below.

When I’d transferred the work site to the new host server and pointed the domain to it I thought it was a done deal. Unfortunately only the basic, non-formatted WP skeleton was installed, the links between where the domain name sits and the new server weren’t reset, for something I didn’t find out about until business emails stopped coming through Dec 22nd. It’s been a very bumpy ride trying to sleuth what was happening. In essence there were four completely different servers that needed to interact with each other in order for everything to coordinate in the end.

Long story short; we now seem to be on track to getting the website sorted out, the .zip folder with all the website files have been uploaded, now more waiting for finalization from the new server people. Once I get the all-clear email then I’ll need to make sure everything arrived intact and learn how to work within the new site. I’m hoping this will all happen within another day or two.

In the meantime, Ed used these past few weeks to clean and reorganize his shop, build a set of large cabinets for our back porch; clean, sort and reorganize all the stuff back there; tend to some yard work. Today is his first day back to spindle making since the 17th.

Meanwhile: A new spindle has been dancing in the wings waiting to be introduced.

Spindles made from Icelandic Sheep Horns, pictured heaviest to lightest, left to right. (#4 – #1)
2 Horn sideview

Ed was able to finally find what he hopes will be a reliable source for horns from a rancher who raises Icelandic sheep.

2014 #1    10 grams / . 35 ounce
Icehorn1 10g

2014 #2   12 grams

Icehorn2 12g

2014 #3     14 grams / 0.49 ounceIcehorn3 14g

2014 #4     17 grams / 0.59 ounceIcehorn4 17g
Rather than wait to put them on the website (they were poised to dance onto the stage on New Year’s Day),
we’re holding another drawing.

If you’d like a chance to  buy one of these please send an email to spin@yarntools.com with the following information:

Subject Heading: Horn Spindle #___
In the email:
Your name
Zip code, Or the country and phone number if outside the USA
PayPal email
The spindle number of the one you like best.

These spindles are each
$85 USD
1st Class S&H:  $4 US domestic, $7.50 to Canada, $12 – all other International destinations

The entry numbers for each spindle will be entered into a random number generator, the number that is drawn for each spindle will be posted here by 11 am, Saturday.
PayPal invoices will be sent to the people with the winning number.
Example: you enter for Horn Spindle #4, you’ll receive a reply letting you know what your number is. If your number matches the randomly generated number for Spindle #4 you’ll be sent a PP invoice.

If you see the same number that you were give but it’s allotted to horn spindle #3 that means the person who entered for HS #3 and was given that number will be the one who gets to buy it.
In order to give everyone plenty of time to hear about the posting at this site the drawing won’t take place until Saturday, January 10th at 10:30 a.m., Pacific Time. Closing time for entries is 10 a.m. Saturday.

Best wishes to everyone! We’re praying for an uneventful, smooth sailing year ahead with all of the website woes and headaches in the dust of the past.


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

13 thoughts on “Yarntools Info plus a Debut”

  1. Just beautiful! Of course, one can say that about all your spindles! Best of luck with the website too!

  2. Lamb’s horns? Do lambs shed their horns? They really are pretty. Are they pretty sturdy too or are they more fragile than wood?

  3. May you have an ‘uninteresting’ year– I have heard that the Chinese have a curse which states, “May you have an interesting year.” 🙂

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