Sunday, November 29, 2009


Seriously! I'm so excited by my new toy!

Here it is!

It's an Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. Now I know little else besides that it's something I really want to master! I love the idea of being able to spin some fibre into gorgeous handspun! I'll have to go and find all the spinning books at the library as soon as the crazy Christmas season is over.

Now all we need is a sheep (I think a wee sheep in the backyard would get on beautifully with the dogs, cats and kids! Can you get dwarf sheep though...)

The spinning wheel originally belonged to someone at Brooklynne's embroidery guild and Brooklynne was given the job of rehoming it! Lucky me. On collection she also gifted me some lovely fibre to start with.


  1. Go on get a sheep, Penny and Tim could ride it, Blair wouldn;t have to mow the could get a couple so they wouldn't get lonely and then you could use them for meat as well...wish we had some land...would be fab!

  2. Helga (stokesvegas)November 30, 2009 at 8:06 PM

    Now that you are going to explore the world of spinning, you might want to listen to the latest FIBERBEAT podcast of Wondermike: "If you are a spinner, weaver or fleece lover, you will very likely recognize (and revere) the name Judith Mackenzie McCuin. She's the author of two books on different aspects of spinning: an introductory book, Teach Yourself Visually Handspinning and the more recent and holistic The Intentional Spinner. A familiar face at Spin-Off Annual Retreat (SOAR) and and co-founder of the Golden Gate Fiber Institute, she remains one of the most sought after instructors and speakers and is one of spinning's most tireless advocates.
    This episode I talked with Judith after her presentation on sheep and human co-development at the Spindles & Flyers guild meeting in El Cerrito, California".
    Wondermike's podcasts are of an exceptional quality and a joy to listen to. I don't know how to put a link to his podcast in here, otherwise I would, but if you go to iTunes and look for FiberBeat I'm sure you'll find him. Enjoy mastering the art of spinning :-) How about some Alpacas to go with those sheep? I hear they make excellent pets as well!

  3. What a beautiful looking wheel!

  4. Wow, that is gorgeous! Oh yes, get sheep! You've got the sheep dogs (or fox dogs anyway, do they know that's what they are?!) Wow, fantastic!

  5. ooh, yay for another joining the spinning ranks. what's the fibre at the back right of the picture it looks beautiful.