I know in my heart that spinning will just take a lot of practice. (I had so hoped that it would come naturally, but that's not the way life is!) It would seem that I'm very good at making dread locks, but fine yarn is eluding me.
But, I will persevere in my quest to produce usable fiber.
As I told you last week, for my first spinning lesson, Tina had me on the spindle wheel at her house. She usually uses her great wheel to teach spinning, but the wheel is being worked on by a friend of hers. Tina sent me this video to watch this week:
I was lulled into the dreamy quality of walking and spinning on a great wheel....
And, we were off.....I mean, we really set out to find a great wheel.
Yesterday was sunny and our to-do list did not include anything that HAD to be done.
After several stops, we wondered into a little shop in Clinton, TN, Corner Antiques, which just happens to be one of my favorite places to go. There was a little spindle wheel in the window, along with a sleeping cat. Tina actually got up in the window to examine the wheel. (But, it wasn't a Great Wheel.)
I saw a scrap of a coverlet lying on a wooden shelf, and noticed that someone had crocheted an edging on it. That made me a little sad, and I called Tina over to look at what had been done to a great piece of weaving. Why, oh why, hadn't they just turned up the edges and hemmed it???
Tina looked at me funny, and said, "Do you see what it is laying on?"
A GREAT WHEEL!!! That shelf was a spinning wheel!!! I had focused in on the coverlet, and didn't see the wheel!!!!! (It was a "can't see the forest for the tree" moment!)
Oh, and in case you run into Tina, ask her about her "do-dad" that she found!!!
Happy Weaving and Spinning!