I mentioned to a friend and my knitting teacher, Jennie, that I was looking for a good used spinning wheel. Lo and behold - she had one that she was fixing up to sale. She had bought it from a woman that found it in her attic and did not want it.
I have found that an afternoon at Jennie's home is indeed a treat! Brit & I went to see her yesterday so we could try out the wheel and see her alpacas & horses. Pictures to come of the alpacas and one of the beautiful horses she owns.
Okay - I did have envy! She has a beautiful weaving/spinning studio, full of windows with the door going out to her alpacas. Looms, spinning wheels, thread, yarn, roving, and fleeces everywhere - I was in heaven!
The Traditional Ashford wheel is now at my home where it will be appreciated and used. I have cleaned it and applied Howards Feed & Wax with loving hands! It looks like a new wheel instead of a 30+ year old wheel.
I plan to send pictures of it to Ashford so they can date it for me and let me know what I would need to buy if I want to upgrade the flyer. It already spins like a dream so I am not in a hurry to do anything!
Thursday, March 18, 2010
This spinning bug has hit me and I love it! Someone from Raverly told me about Brown Sheep Shed and that I should order from them. The price for their roving makes it easy to play with Kool-Aid. So after the no you shouldn't - sure you should - no you shouldn't - "The sure you should" won out!
The roving on the left is white mill ends, black & white mill ends (can't wait to spin this) and a pound grab bag. The right is dye soppers - these will be beautiful after they are blended on a card drum. There was a very pretty pink that I think is mohair.