Katherine Swynford was born Katherine Roet, daughter of an impoverished knight. Her sister Phillipa (Pippa) was married to the poet Geoffery Chaucer. At 16 Katherine married Sir Hugh De Swynford and bore him two children, Blancette and Hugh. During the time of her marriage to Sir Hugh, Katherine served as lady in waiting to Blanch, Duchess of Lancaster. It was then that John of Gaunt, duke of Lancaster first fell in love with Katherine. After the death of Blanch of Bollingbrook to the black plague, and the death of Hugh de Swynford of dysentery while on crusade in the Holy Lands, Katherine became Lancaster’s mistress, and governess to his children by Blanch. She also became governess to his children by his second wife, Constance of Castille. She bore the Duke of Lancaster four children. Katherine and John of Gaunt were finally married by an edict of Richard II. Their children were legitimized by an act of Parliament on the understanding that they step out of the succession to the throne of England. As fate would have it, Katherine became the ancestress of both the Stewart and Tudor lines. Katherine, who came from nothing, fulfilled her brother-in-law Geoffery Chaucer’s belief that she would get kings, where there were none.
This spindle has become a real workhorse in our line of spindles, and will spin any size yarn you can dream up. In the two largest whorl sizes, the spin is long and leisurely, and will spin to the floor. It is a great spindle for most wools, alpaca, or blends. The smaller 2 inch whorl Katherine’s Cup has a fast spin and it is wonderful for those fine fibers.
Shafts are often chosen in regard to the whorl wood, so that they might go well together by either a complete match or attractive contrast.
Katherine’s Cup 3 inch whorl, with a shaft range of 12 to 11 inches. This spindle will weigh: 1.3 to 1.9 ounces. Weight is always dependent on wood selected.
Katherine’s Cup 2 ½ inch whorl, with a shaft range of 11 to 10 inches. This spindle will weigh: .9 to 1.6 . Weight is always dependent on wood selected.
Katherine’s Cup 2 inch whorl, with a shaft range of 8 to 9 inches. This spindle will weigh: .5 to 1 ounce. Weigh is always dependent on wood selected. This small tiny spindle will have a 1.4 inch shaft. For these very small spindles I use the following for the shafts: Mahogany, Cherry, Red Oak, Walnut and Birch.
Some wood choices but not limited to:
Pink Ivory, Bloodwood, Bois de Rose, Tulipwood, Purpleheart, East Indian Rosewood, Canarywood, Pommell Bubinga, Yellowheart, Olivewood, Chechen, Blackwood, Birds Eye Maple, Curly Cherry, Paduk, Claro Walnut, Australian Red Gum, Cochin, Goncola Alves, Lepardwood, Lacewood, Zebrawood, And assorted Burls in stock