Thursday, September 28, 2006
My New Wheels
A whole lot of interesting things happened this past weekend that I didn't get to report on due to my chronic pattern distraction.
:::I taught my mom to knit:::
My mom refers to herself as "the knitting school dropout". She didn't show much interest after the initial frustration of trying to learn from an impatient teacher. Until....I told her that I wouldn't have kids until she learned how to knit baby booties. Miraculously she's dying to learn. And she's damn good at it so far. Oops, I think she called my bluff.
:::Enjoyed watching my dad and Frida relax:::
Aaaand…dun dun da dunnnn…I GOT A SPINNING WHEEL!!
I spotted it at an estate sale. She (for some reason, I feel the need to assign her a gender) was just sitting there quietly in the corner waiting for me to claim her. She's beautiful, and old, and gives me a sense of connection to the past.
I’m now presented with the interesting task of unraveling the mystery of the wheel and answering some pressing questions. Who has spun with her? How old is she? Where was she made? And…uuhm…how do I spin? Err…well I took a spinning class over a year ago but remember absolutely nothing.
Susan has been a great help in getting me introduced to some online resources about the wheel itself, a little on wool & of course, the online spinning culture. I think I need to take another formal class using my wheel & maybe even a consultation or two on things I need to fix on her. If you live in the bay area and spin or know of someone who does – keep me in mind for lessons. I have big dreams of things I eventually want to make…
Congratulations on the wheel! Do you read JessaLu Knits (and Spins)? She recently acquired an old wheel. I know because I helped her lug it around the VT Sheep and Wool Festival.
Have fun with it. Maybe you can channel one of its previous spinners and learn that way. (OK, maybe another class wouldn't hurt either.)
that is such a great score at an estate/yard sale!
i can't wait to see what you get at the antique market on sunday!
and loooooooove the yarn you are using for your two new projects...
isn't that aurora 8 sooo yummy...
and alpaca?! always yummy...
can't wait to hear more about your new adventures in spinning!!!
I may get that roving to you in the mail today!!
Can I come over early on Saturday to see it?
Way to get the mom knitting.
Now tell her she needs to learn fair isle before the kiddies come.