Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Spinning My Wheels

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Do you remember two months ago, when I bought an antique spinning wheel?




Well, somehow, I found myself in possession of a second one.




(Really, Mom, it just followed me home.)




I've been trying to learn how to spin. A neighbor came over and kindly gave me a private spinning lesson, as well as some lovely yarn to practice with. Since that time, I've been plugging away, trying to figure out this ancient craft.

The spinning wheel is an incredible machine. It just wants to work. I'm merely along for the ride, at this point.




There's a convention when photographing hand-spun yarn, to include a coin in the photograph for scale. Since I'm such a rank beginner, I'm assigning no value to my yarn.

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Your yarn already looks snuggly!

Grinch

Anonymous said...

Knowing you as well as your blog will let me know you....I know you will not be defeated....us blog readers are anxious to see your victory lap...with finished product in hand!!!

Keep the bright side up!!!

Martha said...

Oh, can it with the false modesty :-) Your yarn is perfect. It shows no traits of the thick and thin yarn of beginners.

Christine said...

The form of the wheel is just fascinating. It's mechanical yet wooden and totally mysterious as to what it does (to a textile-oblivious one like me). Do you know how old it is?

Music Woman said...

I know nothing about spinning yarn, but I just love your mouldings in your bungalow :-).... Every time I go to your blog, I am not only looking at what you are taking a pic of, but also what's in the background (drooling!). I wish we could have had more mouldings in our new bungalow (on steroids), but we ran out of $$ :-(

Mel said...

I'm so glad you're enjoying the wheel, and hope you get the little package I sent soon!

Mel said...

Glad you're finding it relaxing; I really love reading your blog & seeing all the photos. I hope the little package I sent finds you soon.

Anonymous said...

Gary and I have a collection of old wooden screws- don't ask why, we just have them.

I am going to forward this entry on facebook to my neighbor who knows all things spinning and wool. She also happens to have the Painted Spring Farm Alpaca business, and just had the Amish re-build her silo on her Centennial aged barn.

Annalisa

Heather said...

If you ever need a teacher, I'd be happy to help. I've been spinning for a while now and LOVE sharing the art. I usually have a decent supply of fiber too.
LunaSea
Heather Bloom

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