A while ago now, I fell in love with a Little Peggy. I saw this Little Peggy sitting in a knitting shop and was immediately enamoured with her, just amazed at how CUTE she was and wanted one immediately.
Until that moment, I was in a very monogamous relationship with the Magic Wheel, (click HERE to read my first ever spinning post on Crochet with Raymond) but I confess that once I had seen this Little Peggy I wanted one of my very own. So I said to the Universe: “Universe, will you please bring a Peggy into my life? I love them so much and would love one of my very own, thank you very much” and continued on with my business. (I have just shared with you my manifestation secret, feel free to try it out for yourself)
Months later, my Mum went to a Spin In. At the time I was working on Saturdays and as my co-worker would not swap shifts with me I couldn’t go myself, but rang my Mum while she was there because she was shopping on my behalf that day. And would you believe, there was a Wee Peggy for sale, one of the ladies from another Fibrecraft Guild was “culling” her spinning wheel collection and decided to part with her Wee Peggy.
Cue immense joy and the immediate purchase of said Wee Peggy.
The best part? Wee Peggy cost me $65. SIXTY-FIVE DOLLARS! Not only was Wee Peggy cheap, but also in perfect condition which made me even more thrilled and feel totally blessed by the Universe.
This happened MONTHS ago now, but I’m finally going to show you some photos of my beloved little wheel and tell you a bit about this lovely brand of wheels. If you are interested in learning about NZ Spinning Wheels, there is an excellent database here, lovingly created by one of the founding members of the Fibrecraft Guild of which my lovely Mum is currently President.
So are you ready to meet Wee Peggy?
Isn’t she just the cutest little thing??!! I absolutely LOVE Wee Peggy, to the extent that I bought her in the car up to Whangarei as I didn’t trust the moving men with her. KB and I had to live for a whole week without furniture and limited kitchen equipment, so we bought in the car our necessities and Wee Peggy was one of them. (KB is the greatest, I can’t believe she let me use up a quarter of our car space to bring my Spinning Wheel and didn’t even complain…)
You can read all about Peggy wheels, named after a friend of the Rappards who made the wheels HERE. There are two varieties, the Little Peggy and the Wee Peggy. The main difference between the two is that the Wee Peggy has no front maiden, which meant that it could be exported as it came in a kitset. If anyone in another country (or NZ) has a Wee Peggy, I’d love to hear about how yours came into your life! For those of you who don’t know the anatomy of a Spinning Wheel, the flyer sits between the maidens at the top of the wheel. In the picture below you can see Peggy has one maiden at the back. (Pointy bit)
Most Peggy Wheels are dated, and as soon as I found this out, I had to have a look to see how old my Wee Peggy is….
The last two numbers are the year the wheel was made, so 1976… Wee Peggy is four years older than me and being that she is in such amazing condition, I am even more determined to look after her, keep her out of the sun and keep her in tip-top condition.
In saying that, however, Wee Peggy gets a L.O.T of use. I’m currently on a ‘spinning bender’ and I am spinning my way through my fibre stash. In five weeks I’m going home for two weeks so plan to dye a couple of kilograms of fibre and send it back up North to my new home, so to make way for this impending fibre explosion, I’m spinning everything I have and I’m having so much fun!
On my bobbins are the singles I spun from this braid…
Which became this…
I’ve god a HUGE pile of handspun yarn on my table which makes my heart speed up when I look at it, I am so completely loving it, not just the process of making it from a piece of coloured fluff, but also the potential! but I’ll show you these another day. I’m off for now, to try and take some nice photos of the Tappan Zee which is just lovely, I wore it the other day with much pride.
Hope you are all well and allowing beauty into your lives,
love Alice and Raymond XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX