Monday, July 03, 2006

Somebody stop me, I'm spinning!

Would you look at this?



And this?

It looks like yarn, it feels like yarn, by golly it is yarn! Hooray for me! Hooray for the fair Poodle who taught me to use my drop spindle! Hooray for the sheepies who made all this possible!

And for all of you fiber artists who have cats, and smugly post pictures of your cats at work with yarn, here is proof that canines are also capable of producing chaos in the skein. No, she's not eating the yarn, she's drafting! Really!

Uh oh, I think I feel a fever coming on. Yes, this is most definitely something virulent that has caught hold of me. I seem to have all the symptoms of Fiber Lovin' Syndrome. The only cure is:


Hmmm, maybe it's just another symptom? At any rate, now I am the proud owner of a well loved spinning wheel! It was purportedly created from a kit in the 1970s by some folks who wanted to live a simple life (ha!) on a farm. There are no labels on the wheel, and I am trying to find the maker of the kit. Anyone who might know is welcome to give me some clues!

4 comments:

Martha said...

I'm putting my money on an Ashford Traditional:
http://www.thesmooch.com/archives/2003/04/index.php
http://www.harrisville.com/images/accessories_jpeg/ashfordspinwheel.jpg
http://lynnh.com/images/blog/ashford.jpg
http://www.keyboardbiologist.net/knitblog/images2004/20040512_AshfordTraditionalWheel.JPG

the kitchener bitch said...

Looks great! Congrats on the wheel purchase. Is some of your new yarn from the wheel or is it all from the spindle? I have yet to drop-spindle my way out of a wet paper sack, but I will look to you for inspiration.

entrelac said...

I'm with martha. It looks like an Ashford Traditional to me too. With a single treadle and single drive flyer. When you go to look at the PDF files for the wheels, those are key words to look for. "single treadle" and "single drive flyer".

wonky said...

The yarn that is pictured was drop-spindled (is that a verb?).

Thanks for the wheel references, off to find a maintenance guide!