It has been some months since I’ve had a chat with you about spinning yarn… I happen to know it has been this long because I remember vaguely, quite some time ago, telling you all about my new spinning wheel and saying I would introduce you. I still haven’t done that.
The new wheel travelled in the car with us from Wellington to Whangarei, it listened to Raymond yowling for 12 hours, it was one of the few possessions we bought in the car because I simply did not trust removal men with it. One knob knocked off renders it useless until repaired by someone who knows what they’re doing, and being that my new wheel is in prefect condition despite being four years older than me, I wasn’t taking any chances with it.
I’m not actually going to introduce you to my new wheel in today’s post… I’m going to introduce you to the NEXT new wheel. Oh yes… I am spoiled rotten… I have a third wheel. Except I only have two as I returned the Magic Wheel to my Mum when the second wheel was purchased. So it is my second, second wheel.
How my second wheel came into my life is quite an amazing story and I still can’t quite believe what a blessing it was. A couple of Mondays ago I was at work (my new work remember, six weeks on the job and my colleagues don’t quite know the extent of my yarn madness… no-one does if they don’t suffer from it themselves after all…) and my lovely colleague asked me what I did on the weekend.
“oh, you know… a bit of knitting, a bit of crochet and some spinning” I said….
“I’ve got a spinning wheel under my house.” He said. “My ex left it there years ago and it’s stored under my bedroom and I sometimes get scared it’ll start spinning itself and be all freaky. You can have it if you want it, he bought it and never even used it”
I’m desperately trying not to start hyperventilating with excitement here and try to come off all casual when I say “oh wow! What type of spinning wheel is it?”
“ummmm…. a spinning wheel…” he says… “you put your foot on the pedal and the wheel goes around and then this other bit starts spinning too!”
Excellent, I have just established that it is working. Cue more excitement….
“WOW! Thank you! I can really just have it?!”
“Totally, it has been under my house for six years!”
So KB and I went to pick up the wheel. I didn’t let myself get my hopes up just in case it didn’t work…. We got it from under the house and cleaned six years of dust and some spiders off it and then gave it a nice polish. And I am so blown away…. lucky, lucky me.
It is an Ashford Traditional…. Exciting as I have never used a traditional wheel before, and I love it. KB felt like an archaeologist when she cleaned the dust off and found the Ashford stamp of Ashfordy goodness….
As it has been stored for so long, all of the metal bits are rusty so I’m planning to replace the flyer with a jumbo flyer which holds more than 50gms of wool at a time…..
But for now, it is ace and I’m loving spinning yarn on my third wheel.
I am blown away by the gratitude of my lovely colleague and friend… knitted gifts are coming his way as well as Friday night drinks on an off-pay week. I’ve said thank you about a million times, but am saying it here in public too!
On my wheel right now is some og my Mum’s homegrown Romney, I’ve spun it before and it is so lovely and rustic… I’ve been having a bit of bad luck with spinning lately, issues with breaky singles and underplying. It has been bumming me out and even making me cry with frustration on the odd occasion, so I thought I would go back to the very basics and spin some undyed, earthy, homegrown fleece. I’m going to knit a lovely cuddly cabled shawl with it, and as I’m spinning I’m designing it in my mind’s eye. It’s a long term very sloooooooooow yarn project.
A few weeks ago i had the most amazing parcel arrive in the post for me from a spinner friend back home in Wellington. Wow, I actually am marvelling at the generous people in my life right now, sooooooooo lucky am I…. of course KB, Raymond and I organised a parcel to send back to her and one of the little things we put in was one of KB’s watercolours. Seeing as we are discussing spinning today, it fits with the theme… I love it, KB is so cute…
Before I sign off for this post I must show you this gorgeous book which arrived in the post for me today. A gift from me to me.
A couple of weeks ago I was at the library and found a knitting book I had never seen before! I got it out and took it home, flicked through a few pages and immediately logged onto the computer and bought a copy. Just like that. Within about 2 minutes, that is how much I loved this book. No remorse, just excitement about having a copy of my very own, forever.
have you seen this book?
It is totally adorable and I love it. All the details are here if you need a copy too! The toys are just gorgeous and the page layout, just the cutest. I’m thinking Simon the Snake will be the first on my needles…. KB loves the Pussy Cat from the Owl and the Pussy Cat…
But my favourite, the one who had me hook, line and sinker before I had even OPENED the book was the Frog Prince…
He is just toooooooo adorable. The author and pattern designer is a genius, I love this book.
Anyway, the sun is going down so I’m off for a walk… it’s too hot to move until sunset right now! I must say, I’m getting quite excited about the idea of chillier, snugglier weather right now!
Have an ace day,
lots of love from Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX