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Spinning accessories

Hi everyone!
This picture accompanies the last post, where I mentioned certain accessories that I was using in conjunction with the spinning wheel. An explanatory caption follows the image.

I'm not including the usual "garment data" here because a) it's not a garment and b) I didn't make this stuff!

All right. You are looking at this picture and saying to yourself, Sarah, that's all fine and good, but why don't you tell me what I am seeing?
All right, friend, here goes.

Front left: This is about 800 yards of wool I spun on my drop spindle. It is from a roving I bought when I bought the drop spindle, and is very clean. You will understand why that is important in just a moment.

Back left: This is called a niddy-noddy. It is constructed of a center shaft, where I put my hand, and two cross pieces that I wind the wool around. The cross pieces are not only at right angles to the main beam, but also to one another, making it easier to wind. The lengths and dista…

Reflections on Spinning

Well! The spinning wheel is a rousing success. Yep, no pictures today, though I'll have some shortly.
Over the weekend I've been spinning a lot. It is a great stress reliever, I've found (I had a hard weekend). On the plus side, the wheel came with four bobbins, three of which are (mostly) full!
You see, I got several colors of wool from a friend. Each color is in a small batch, so each one got its own bobbin. This evening (should my studies be far enough along) I hope to wind from the bobbins onto a niddy-noddy (pictures to follow), which will allow me to determine the yardage.
I will continue to spin, of course, despite having other fiber processing tasks to do. The other day I was playing a game with my littlest sister (age 6). When it was her turn, which sometimes took a while, I would get up and spin for a bit. As she so poignantly put it: "You'll never be done. You could spin forever! So come take your turn."
The young ones know best. It is never done, …

Traditional Wheel

Greetings everyone!

I am proud to announce the arrival of my new spinning wheel.
It is an Ashford Traditional, and assembly was straightforward.
Learning to coordinate my hands and feet was certainly more tricky! (Having a sprained ankle on my pedal foot does not make it easier, either! Ah, well, I'll manage).
Thank you Grandma for the great "toy".

EDIT: I've actually found that spinning is a great way to exercise weak ankles, since it is a very controlled movement. (And it's funner that physical therapy!) -S 6/1/11

Most sincerely yours,

~ Sarah