Spinning Wheel Inspector, reporting for duty!

February 5th, 2010  |  Published in Babbling

Wow! I had the greatest time the other night when I drove down south to look at a spinning wheel for somebody on Ravelry.

Scandinavian SlantyFirst off, I know, spinning wheel. What’s with the spinning wheel on a spindle blog? I seem to have been bitten with the antique spinning wheel bug (don’t worry, it seems to be compatible with the spindle bug!). I bought a sweet Scandinavian slanty wheel last month after those evil enablers in the Ravelry Antique Spinning Wheel group linked to an online ad. I looked. My heart went pitty-pat.

CPW Drive WheelTurns out there’s a Canadian Production Wheel group, as well. Have you seen the CPWs with that gorgeous hardware (especially the treadles!)? There was one for sale in the area. A couple of not-in-the-area people were interested in it, so I offered to go look at it and see whether it was spinnable. That’s where the Wow! comes in!

CPW with hardware!Do you know how much fun it is to kluge a footman (photo mat, paper punch, and string…really, it worked!), tie on a drive band, figure out how to tension the drive band…and then stare at the wheel when your yarn doesn’t wind on? And then realize that the bobbin isn’t spinning all that freely on the flyer shaft…so you clean off untold number of years of greasy gunk from the shaft? And then finally spin on a real live antique spinning wheel? Go. Do it. And don’t blame me when you get bit by the antique spinning wheel bug.

I have a new calling: Roaming Spinning Wheel Inspector.


Not only cute & tiny, but precious, too!

December 26th, 2009  |  Published in Babbling

Are these not the sweetest little spindles you’ve ever seen?

Here’s their Etsy shop (jenkinswoodworking), but it looks like the Kuchulu spindles mentioned on their web site 12/19/09 have sold already. Sob.

Wow. So…brown.

November 27th, 2009  |  Published in Babbling

Enchanted Knoll superwash merino

Enchanted Knoll superwash merino

I was just showing a friend what I’ve started here…and we both looked at each other and said, “Wow. That’s so…brown.” So I grabbed the nearest fiber, took a photo, and here’s proof that not all I spin is brown…just, well, you know, mostly brown.

The specs: Enchanted Knoll Farm’s superwash merino in the Big Sky colorway


spin-dle [spin-dl] noun, adjective, verb, -dled, -dling

September 18th, 2009  |  Published in Babbling

1. a rounded rod, usually of wood, tapering toward each end, used in hand-spinning to twist into thread the fibers drawn from the mass on the distaff, and on which the thread is wound as it is spun.
9. a measure of yarn, containing, for cotton, 15,120 yards (13,825 m), and for linen, 14,400 yards (13,267 m).
bef. 900; ME spindel (n.), OE spin(e)l; see spin, -le; c. G Spindel

Dang, I wish I’d written this!

December 30th, 2008  |  Published in Babbling

I was just doing a little blog hopping, and ran across Abby’s post for today: Getting Started! Thinking about learning to spin? She’s gathered the articles and resources you need! Go! Go read and explore!

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