Daily Archives: July 5, 2011

spin me right round, baby!

Those of you who know me already know this story. And those of you who don’t know me probably don’t read my blog anyway. I am happy to announce my spinning wheel is now in action. I think I may need to plan a party.

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Back story: I took a class on how to spin fiber way back in 2008 with the lovely Ginger at Hank’s Yarn. I loved the class. I loved playing with the fiber and watching it move through my fingers and turn into yarn. It felt so back to nature (as back to nature as this chick can get without slithery things and bugs). I didn’t even mind washing and carding raw fleece. Fast forward a year or so later, and thank you Uncle Sam, and I am the proud owner of a new spinning wheel. I chose the Kromski Fantasia because it was affordable, but also was modern in appearance and fit with my style more so then a spindly styled one. I had delusions of making it more “me” and asked it to be ordered unfinished <--- (you all know where I'm going here).

It arrived and we put it together “temporarily” so I could play with it. My friends at Hank’s were just as excited about it as I was. I was even there in the shop when the UPS guy arrived. It was such a great day!

My new spinning wheel stayed unfinished and put together in my living room for a few months and I went to a few spinning nights with friends and really got to know my wheel. Yep, I like spinning. Very relaxing and meditative. Hubby suggested we get it stained and protect the wood from oils and dirt soon so it will stay looking nice. Good idea. I took it apart and laid it on his work table in his garage shop. All ready to go. Then we looked at stains and different ways it could be done. I wanted the most natural and least offensive covering available. This will be something I touch and the kids will touch and I didn’t want anything hazardous for them to be around. Then we priced out stuff and realized we’d need to wait a bit to get the stain purchased. Then life happened and my wheel sat on the bench waiting. Life works fast.

Long story short, a year and a half later life finally paused long enough for us and with the help of a 3 day weekend, my spinning wheel is finally finished and ready for play.
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You will now find me each 3rd Thursday evening hanging out with spinners at our local artsy bookshop.