There've been some questions...
Yes, that was Rammstein in the background of the one chain-plying video. The song is "Bück Dich" (yes, I know what the translated lyrics say, thank you). Those of you asking, no, you aren't the only ones who spin or do other fiber stuff to German Metal. Though I've got fewer pyrotechnics going. Sorry. The in-laws don't like me breathing fire in their house.
Though no one asked, the other video has "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis playing. Which I thought of as a match for the first - Jerry Lee Lewis once set a piano on fire while playing that song, and his attitude certainly matched Rammstein's. He was born in the wrong era.
I'm not a drop-spindle user (my hand problems make it impossible), but I know chain plying was first done by the Navajo, and they used spindles. However, they didn't use drop spindles, they used supported spindles leaned against their legs. So I guess my answer to "Can chain-plying be done with a spindle" is "Sorta." Any drop spindlers out there do chain-plying?
Yes, once you 'get' chain plying, it's really easy. You saw how fast I was going, before I slowed it down for the camera. At first it's awkward and you'll snarl up a couple dozen yards of singles, but after that, it's like walking and chewing gum at the same time.
My index finger sticks out rather awkwardly in all these videos, and after I watched them I realized, I don't use that finger much in spinning, or knitting either. The knuckle (the one where the finger joins the palm of the hand, the medial one) was damaged in my accident, it hurts most of the time, and now I realize I avoid using it for all kinds of stuff, not just the fiber.
The rest of you might want to consider shooting video of yourselves, spinning and knitting. Then watch it. You learn the damnedest things.
"Pigsbird" is now the official name for where we're moving. It's going to be added to the family slang terms, along with "hunormous", and "henno" (for hello on the phone), and Mumum and Dadad. The husbeast called his own father Dadad the other day, and my mother-in-law used the term "hunormous". Very cute.
Am considering, seriously, another round or two of Ohio history. It's not like I have much else to blog right now.
The husbeast officially starts his new job on November 2. We do not yet have the apartment locked in. These next few weeks are going to be... interesting. I was just thinking the other night, the one thing the Navy did for me was make me move so many times (this next move will be number eight), that I've become rather blase about the whole thing. And thank goodness, because otherwise I'd be a wreck. Upon thought, I'm not sure if I'm thankful or not, but it's nice to not be spazzing out.
Thanks to everyone who has chimed in with encouragement, information, glee at the idea of me moving closer to them, and offers of help, friendship, and book stores. That's the glorious thing I love most about the knitting community on the internet: you guys are everywhere, and when I get there, you're helpful and nice. I'm looking forward to meeting more of you in person.