Sunday, 17 January 2010

Spin a Yarn

My first week back to work after my extended Christmas Holiday was, shall we say, a bit of a shock to the system. How I love being at home, all warm and snuggly and busy doing my thing. Don't get me wrong, I love my work, but home, DH, hens and knitting is lovely, sigh. Oh well.

I have managed to get a bit of craftiness into the week by practising my spinning with the drop spindle; I've also been reading the spinning info books that my neighbour lent to me. And I bought this......

It's an Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel, single treadle, single drive with a single ratio flyer. I don't know how old it is and neither did the lady I bought it off as her husband got it as part of a house clearance. So if anyone out there has any info about it's age I'd be more than interested......leave me a comment.

Any way, all this came about because during the week my neighbour messaged me to say that there was a spinning wheel for sale on Ebay for pick up only and that it was not too far from here. So I went and had a look, placed a bid and won it! She came with me today and we went to collect it. Then when we got back home she made sure that it was all set up correctly and got me spinning my first yarn.

It's a bit overspun and I need to practise loads but it was easier than I thought it would be and I'm really quite pleased with it. I'm not too sure what you would ever make with it though so I think I will save it as "my first yarn" so that I can gauge my future progress.

In other news, the snow has now all gone and the hens are much happier without it. I think that they were getting a bit fed up with it and to tell you the truth the novelty was kind of starting to wear off abit for us as well. Next door made a cool, snowman though and a little bit of him is still left...with his scarf all on the floor looking forlorn...bless.


  1. Thanks for visiting my blog! Your yarn looks great, and I'm sure you'll really enjoy your wheel! :)

  2. ooh! great find! It's the same model as mine, same vintage too! lol! I think it's around the 1960s or 70s mark...Paul reckons so anyway. Your spinning is most excellent. Better than my efforts! xxx


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