As I was perusing through Fleegle’s excellent book, Fleegle Spins Supported, I read about making a temporary cop. This was not a new concept to me but I guess it seemed like an unnecessary step. Sure, lots of people do it and swear by it but to me, it was more of the “W” word. (work)
A temporary cop is made you you wind-on your support spindle yarn in a smaller area near the top of the spindle. It can be quick and dirty. No need to try to make a perfect cop as the yarn will be resting there for only a short time. After you have spun enough yarn where you feel the temporary cop is large enough to wind-on, you butterfly it onto your hand, and wind it onto the main cop on the rest of the spindle shaft.
For some strange reason, I blame the concussion I am nursing right now, I tried it a few days ago. Let me tell you, I LOVE it.
Here is some lovely BFL by DyeKnttink.com being spun for the August spinning club at Spindle Candy on Ravelry. I am using a Neal Brand Tibetan and a Bristlecone support bowl. (It’s okay to mix and match, don’t you think?) Notice the massive main cop that takes up a large portion of the shaft and the smaller, temporary cop wound closer to the top of the spindle.
What I love about the temporary cop is the feeling of a more continuous spinning experience. The butterfly wind on is a great chance to balance your fiber-hand’s muscles by stretching it out. Both the butterflying and the proper wind-on go quickly and mindlessly after a few times. Just wonderful stuff.
So if you haven’t tried the temporary cop, please give it a go. Try it for one night. I am hoping that you will feel the benefits as I did. Support spinning is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.
Side note: If you are thinking about getting Fleegle’s book in the printed version, you may want to order it sooner rather than later. I read a post of hers where she said she thinks she will run out. Glad I got mine. (No, I don’t get kickbacks from Fleegle. I just like the book.)