We had a great and relaxing weekend away. A weekend trip to visit our eldest son and his family near Front Royal was planned. Their log home is not really set up for guests, though I have a cot there for when I am babysitting, so we booked a room in a motel in Front Royal, a short drive from them. We got up there in the late evening on Friday and son came in to pick up the cooler of chicken, beef, and other frozen goodies and a large canvas sack of home canned goodies, eggs, and sweet potatoes so that we didn’t have to drive the dark curvy road to them after travelling there. We visited in our room in our coats while we waited for the heater to get the room warm enough to settle into.
Saturday, a meet and greet was scheduled at 8:30 a.m. for me to purchased a support spindle and bowl from a fellow fiber artist that had listed it on Ravelry, a fiber artist social network. It turned out that she lived near Front Royal. That was an anticipated purchase and the spindle and bowl are lovely and fun to use.
It is slightly small and lighter than my other support spindle, so with my two remaining drop spindles, I had a 33% increase in spindles.
Our motel was situated with a median that required us to either make a U turn to get to the familiar road, or take a tour of the historic downtown to get to the other familiar road, and as we cruised down before the businesses were open, I spotted a Great Wheel in an antique store window. After our transaction for the drop spindle and a visit at son’s house, sitting on the front porch on a beautiful warm morning, we lunched with them in town and had authentic delicious Mexican food. That was followed by a walk downtown and by the antique shop on foot. The 49 inch wheel looked sound and true, minus the quill. My love bought the wheel for me as a 39th anniversary and Valentine’s gift. We left it to be packed and drove a third of the Skyline Drive, stopping at overlooks to try and spot son’s house. Though we could see his landlord’s roof, the houses to the left and right of them, their house sits in evergreens and deep in the hollow and we couldn’t see it. After taking son and grandson home, rearranging the seats to make it fit, the carefully wrapped and padded wheel was loaded in the car and followed us home, a 50% increase in spinning wheels.
Left to right, the nearly 200 year old Amable Paradis, the Great Wheel of unknown age, and the small light colored Louët with my stressless chair and ottoman my spinning stool and work baskets.
While online chatting with Bobbin Boy about the Great Wheel, they told me that the parts for the Paradis wheel were on their way back to me. It looks like obtaining a quill for the Great Wheel from them is possible and affordable, so that purchase will be made soon.
Today was still warm, but very rainy when we visited again this morning at son’s house and for a portion of our trip home. Then the sun came out and it went up to 80ºf in the Virginia mountains in mid February. And they are threatening us with snow flurries over night today and a high half that tomorrow. At home, a rearrangement of the loft was in order to accommodate the large third wheel. By moving the love seat closer to the television, turning the desk and file cabinet, there is now a spinning studio for this fiber artist of the house. A bit more needs to be done to better organize Cabin Crafted Soap and Yarn store supplies and packaging material and moving the bookcase of yarn and fiber from our bedroom to the “studio” needs to be done, but it has been a full weekend and the job will have to wait until tomorrow.
Once all the parts are here, a steep learning curve faces me to learn to spin on the two “new” old wheels.