Lady with the Spinning Head…

I’m Spinning!!!!!! okay, well I am spinning fiber anyways! Check off #2 on the “things to start learning in 2012” list. I had my first lesson today, for which I am ever so grateful to my very talented sheep-herding-master-0f-the-spinning-wheel brother-in-law! This doesn’t look like much, but I feel like I am finally on my way with this- which is good because when your mother owns alpacas and other family own sheep and all anyone ever talks about is fiber, fiber, fiber- you WANT to know how to spin the stuff. With just one lesson, I can see that this is going to take A LOT of practice to create an even, balanced yarn. We are beginning with the drop spindle rather than just hopping straight onto the spinning wheel- which means I’ll have to cool my heels on that lovely vision of a winter spent by the fireplace spinning gorgeous fibers into beautiful yarns…. but all things in time. Probably a good thing, really, since I imagine it’s going to take some serious bargaining with the hubby to talk him into diverting cash into a spinning wheel! Perhaps if I wave a picture of a shiny new golf club in front of him I can distract him long enough to agree to this expenditure…

Looking at this, I realize it’s probably going to be a looooooong while before we need to have that spinning wheel/golf club talk… That’s okay, we’ll have the fireplace burning next winter, too. Or maybe the winter after that… now that I look at this spindle again…


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