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New wheels

by Heidi on December 13th, 2009
 
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OK so it isn’t plural, its singular but then what kind of title would “new wheel” be!

Yesterday was the second of mine and Cheryl’s courses at the Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild. The first course was learning to spin on a spindle, this time we were learning to spin with a wheel.

I must admit I was worried about going, I hadn’t found much time to practice with the spindle since the last class, and still find it more frustrating than anything else. But oh boy was I wrong. Spinning with a wheel is Fun!

Spinning wheel Spinning wheel Wool on winder

Our teacher mentioned she knew of a wheel for sale, similar to the one I was using in class. I just couldn’t bear the idea of not being able to keep practising, and Steve agreed that it was probably a good idea. I didn’t want to give him time to change his mind, so I arranged to go and collect it yesterday evening!

It turns out the lady I was buying from sells hand-dyed fibre, and to make sure I had enough to practice with she gave me the beautiful skein you can see with my wheel. The colour is called ‘Oceans’ and it is Corriedale fibre.

My new-to-me Spinning Wheel Handspun yarn

The other picture shows everything I have spun so far. The white skeins on the right are from the spindle. The white on the left was the roving I had left from spindle class and done on my new wheel. The black was done on the wheel in class and the green/blue was spun on my new wheel last night. Now I just need to learn to knit or weave!

Cheryl has offered to teach me to knit in the new year; and having seen some examples of weaving when I picked up my wheel I am really keen to learn that too. Plus of course I still have to learn to process the fleeces I have from my sheep. While I was out Steve built me a skirting table, so today I will get out a fleece and have a go at skirting.

I met some new friends in class, but we had to leave in such a hurry I didn’t get a chance to collect email addresses or anything. If any of you happen by I would love to keep in touch, and meant it when I said you are always welcome to pop out and meet some wool while it is still ‘on the hoof’!

This was supposed to be posted last night, but when I got the wheel home I was too excited so I ended up spinning half of the fibre she gave me rather than finishing this post!

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3 Comments

  1. Hey Heidi,

    Let me know if you need help knitting! I’d be glad to help you out!! :) Plus, let me know if you are selling any wool…. :)

    See you on the 24th!

    LIndsay

    Comment by Lindsay — December 13, 2009 @ 12:53 pm

  2. Hi Heidi!
    I am the lady opposite you in the spinning class yesterday.It was a fun class. I am glad for you, you have your spinning wheel!
    Thank
    Elise

    Comment by Elise Deschenes-Armstrong — December 13, 2009 @ 4:42 pm

  3. Elise, great to hear from you. It was fun wasn’t it! I think I am hooked.

    Comment by Heidi — December 13, 2009 @ 5:08 pm

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