It has been a quiet year (here, anyway) with a beautiful, but hard-to-read theme.
How about we change things up?
A new theme and renewed purpose.
After thirteen years–lucky, lucky thirteen–working in traditional publishing, I am stretching my wings to encompass the online realm. Right now, let us simply enjoy each other’s company, shall we? In two years’ time, my little people will all be in school and I will be able to devote myself to my freelance career fulltime. Yikes! So this is the time to enjoy. The time when my seven-year-old son still says “I love you, Mom,” while we’re walking home from school (as he did today).
What have you been enjoying lately?
I’ve been sinking deeper and deeper into the soft abyss of spinning. I have been blessed to borrow two spinning wheels and be given another–simultaneously–this past year. Talk about wow. So it is time to give back before there’s some sort of karmic backlash, like a rubberband snapping back into my face.
The borrowed wheels are an Ashford Traveller (very easy to spin on!) and a Majacraft Suzie Pro (the Cadillac of spinning wheels, as one friend put it). Then someone was cleaning her house and gifted me with a Louet S15 that she had bought second-hand and never used. It needed love and repairs but–OMG! It was mine!
Through my local fiber guild, Spinner’s Flock, I got in touch with Linda of Cape House Farms, a local Louet dealer. She fixed my baby up right and told me it was more than 30 years old. I went straight from Linda’s beautiful property to Knit Night, my heart so light and bubbly with excitement, my arms full of combed Border Leicester that she gave me to play with–and I discovered that I couldn’t spin on this wheel to save my life!
Cue violins. Pass the antacids.
Luckily there is always knitting to get my back (love you BFF!) so I wasn’t empty-handed that evening. But after closing down the coffeeshop, I stayed up late doing research. I learned that most Louets, the S15 included, are bobbin-led wheels. The other two I’ve been using are flyer-led. I made a few small adjustments to my drafting and treadeling and–behold!–Rapunzel is back in the house.
Rapunzel reference aside, I make no great claims to my spinning quality. I am simply enjoying the process. First question out of everyone’s mouth when I show them my spinning is “what are you going to make?” Fair enough. If you asked me about the angle of twist or Z/S spin, I would just look at you cross-eyed anyway. But I have no answer to this popular question. I left the last guild meeting wearing my latest skeins of yarn like a cowl and that worked well enough.
Until I got too warm.