I purchased this antique Great Wheel 3 years ago.  It was broken and in pretty sad shape.  As I love to work with anything wood I set out to repair it and put it on display in my dining room.  After some time seeing it there pretty as ever, I decided to attempt to actually spin on it.  I tried for weeks and all of a sudden it clicked and I had spun my first yarn.  Oh it was lumpy and bumpy but I thought it was beautiful.

One day I stopped at my favorite local primitives shop in town and bought an antique spinning wheel.  It too needed repairs, a lot of them, but I got it up and running like a top and looking quite handsome.  It was another learning curve coordinating my drafting of the wool and pedaling skills and after a week again, it clicked and I was spinning wool. I then brought it back to the shop and sold it for more than what I bought it for and purchased a brand new wheel.   Now I have all of this beautiful “white” wool and what to do with it?  After all, I don’t want everything white.  I boiled tons of onion skins and black walnuts  and made my own dyes.  In the yarn went and my first thought was “I hope I don’t ruin my hard work.  I was pleasantly surprised at the outcome.  They were so pretty.  So what’s the next step you ask?  I am knitting an Icelandic design sweater for myself with the white yarn and also using a beautiful brown Shetland Moorit.  My next venture is to start weaving.  I have it in my head to make some Linsey woolsey.  So the next logical step is to spin my own warp with flax.  Guess I’m in for another learning curve.

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