I have always been a little quirky, a little different. I have always loved antiques and vintage wares. One of my favourite things to do is spend the day in a historical open air museum. I also love making things with my hands. I have been knitting for more than 25 years. Did I just say that? Yikes! I have been sewing for the past 20 years or so and crocheting and quilting for about the last 5 years. But now I have a new, old past-time. Spinning.
The vintage image is exactly how I feel about handicrafts, busy hands... happy heart. My husband always remarks at how calm I am when I am busy with my hands. He is a huge advocate of my aspirations to become a good spinner. So much so, that he gave me the opportunity to take a few classes to learn how to spin. I got my first certificate a few weeks ago. I learned how to properly use the drop spindle. I blogged about our first attempts at spinning back in the fall. It was part of our pioneer studies. My daughter took the class with me and she also received a certificate and made some yarn.
The above skein is one of the first skeins I made after taking the class. It is a 2ply skein of Blue Faced Leicester wool, dyed in kool-aid and spun on a top whorl spindle by moi. It is just shy of 100g. I have a few ideas for this particular skein, but am waiting on the results of the ultrasound next week to see if it is going to be for baby or for me.
I am really excited to be taking my first spinning wheel, spinning class starting tomorrow. Hubby is so supportive that he bought me my very own spinning wheel. He was going to build me a Dodec spinning wheel, but really didn't want to build something and have me frustrated if he didn't get it 'just so'.
We are both believers in buying the best tools you can afford for whatever project you are working on. When he worked in construction, we bought him the best tools he could to help him be more efficient and to prevent injury. He bought me a really good sewing machine a few years ago and saw how much easier and better it was to produce quality end products. We use this motto in everything from kitchen knives, to garden tools, to hardware supplies and handicrafts devices. That is why he drove with me to a little place south of the city to pick out my very own spinning wheel. This was my Valentines, Birthday, Christmas and Anniversary gift for this year and many years to come, he jokingly claimed. I never let him spend money on me unless absolutely necessary. Who needs diamonds and jewels? Not this gal. Not when you can have this...
Who knows if I will ever be able to make usable yarn on this thing? I really hope that I can catch on as fast as I did with the drop spindle. I have some fiber waiting to be spun. I really hope and pray that this retro gal can spin something usable for a baby garment or blanket at least. I don't have a lot of time in a day to spin, but there is usually some time in the evening when the kids are in bed and there is always nap time. Wish me luck.
See you later, friends. Thanks for dropping by.