Thousands upon thousands of Stone Age and Bronze Age spindles for handspinning have been recovered. Why do we find so many of them from so long ago? Because cultures all over the world buried women with yarn-making tools. The spindle was a symbol of her power and she needed it in the afterlife.
Spinning yarn always makes me feel better. How do other people get past their no-good-totally-sucky days without spinning? I have no freaking idea.
Unbalanced yarn has character and variety and sometimes we like that. Sometimes I like that! So here is a free tutorial for spinning an unbalanced two-ply yarn.
In this Spinning in Cowgirl Boots the Anti-Spinning Feline Overlord and I are plying two handspun wools and telling the Scottish tale of The Good Housewife who wished that someone would come help her with her spinning. She gets her wish but it does not go the way she had planned.
To be a good teacher I sometimes have to make samples of the things my students want to learn to make. And sometimes I do it just for fun.
After seven and a half hours trapped in my truck with a seriously pissed off cat I need some intense yarn therapy. I need my spinning wheel pronto!
The plan was to buy a local fleece, from a sheep raised where I grew up, and wash/card/spin/knit it. You know what they say about plans.
The Alden Amos, the grandfather of modern handspinning, has passed and left a legacy of handmade wheels and masterful book on yarn making. Let’s remember his accomplishments and enjoy a charming interview he gave a few years back.
I am a thoroughly un-cool person who can occasionally trick people into thinking I am cool. I do that with my spinning wheel of course!
Let’s have another post where pull on my cowgirl boots, sit down at my spinning wheel, and ramble on about the history of something yarn-y related. Today its the history of spinning wheels and how the spinning wheels of today don’t look anything like their medieval predecessors.