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Monday, September 12, 2005

The Difference Between a Moose and a Moosie

Big happenings at the Pink Lemon over the weekend. On Thursday, I trotted out to the mailbox and what did I find there? A Moosie! No, this is a moose, not a moosie.

This is actually a moose business card holder. This is a Moosie below.

A Moosie is a Bosworth spindle with the whorl made of Moose antler, which they shed naturally. No, the Bosworths don't lurk in the woods of Maine, waiting for an unsuspecting moose to stroll by, bonk him on the head and swipe his antlers. The mooses (I really think meese sounds so much better than mooses) naturally shed their antlers and the female mooses bring the antlers to the Bosworths so they don't keep tripping over them. Being male, they just leave their antlers wherever they fall and its really the only way to keep the forest neat. Then, Jonathan turns the antlers into spindle whorls, Sheila polishes them and lucky people like me get to buy them. I have wanted a Moosie ever since I first found out about them about a year ago and now I have my very own. It weighs about 1.3 ounces and has a tulipwood shaft. It spins like a dream (its a Bosworth spindle after all) and the pictures just don't really capture the subtle shading and tones in the whorl. The whorl has also been polished to a high shine. Above you can see the Moosie reclining in Kitchen Sink Batts (yeah, I still haven't spun these, I'm surprised I haven't felted them as much as I play with them). Below, you can see the Moosie's natural camouflage in action as it lays very still in some sheepy white roving from Nistock Farms (Cotswold lamb's wool and alpaca).

As long as the spindle doesn't move, it is virtually undetectable by predators. What kind of predators would attack a helpless Moosie you ask? Well, anyone who spindle spins should have one in their collection but there is another more serious threat within my very own household...Ramius. That's right, for some reason Ramius REALLY LIKES THE WHORL. He couldn't care less about the shaft (and this is a cat that chases knitting needles), but the whorl, well that's just cat candy. So I get to add Mooses to the list of things Ramius really likes for no apparent reason (also on the list are bunnies and alpacas).

3 Comments:

Blogger Denise said...

You're gonna love that Moosie! If I had to pick a favorite spindle (and that's a tough call, believe me) it would have to be my Moosie. I like the tulipwood shaft on yours; mine is purpleheart. Now you need a mammoth ivory spindle to keep it company. Mwahahahahaha!

6:23 PM  
Blogger Kary said...

Hi Melanie!! Don't you LOVE your Moosie?? So, when are you spinning up those Kitchen Sinks??? (THanks a zillion for sending the Mystery Shawl info .... WhEEEEE!)

6:56 AM  
Blogger SheyeAnne Bailey said...

Where did you get the moose card holder? I've been looking for it everywhere.

10:05 AM  

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