But not cats, spinning equipment. A while back, I posted that I finally had all the spinning equipment that I needed and it was all comfortable to me. Well, an opportunity presented itself this past summer to purchase an antique sitting quill spinning wheel from Pennsylvania. It couldn’t be shipped, but a friend was an acquaintance of the seller and was going to be in her area a few weeks after and she said she would pick it up and take it to her home until we could connect. We live about 3-4 hours apart. She and her husband were going to be setting up at the Shenandoah Fiber Festival in September and though that is also 3+ hours from home, we can visit our eldest son and his family in that region, a plan was hatched.
This beautiful little wheel joined the huge walking wheel in our loft. She has been taken to a couple of living history events as she travels in the back of my car nicely. But this meant that the Ashford Traveller that I had been taking wouldn’t go anymore, and though a pretty little wheel, wasn’t what I wanted for everyday spinning, her bobbins were too small and I didn’t want to spend more money to get the larger flyer, so she was offered for sale and sold quickly. The Ashford came apart enough to box it in a medium moving box and it could be shipped. That left me with no everyday wheel and I wanted something with huge bobbins and yet small enough to travel, so Miss Polly came home with me, a Spinolution Pollywog, a tiny little 8 pounder.
So now, I had the 49″ diameter great wheel, the sitting quill wheel, Miss Poly, and a gorgeous Golding drop spindle. Then I found another Golding spindle that called to me and I purchased it.
The Celtic sheep spindle is a joy and spindles are so portable to take spinning anywhere, anytime.
Yesterday was our spinning group’s annual Christmas Party with Dirty Santa exchange, potluck snacks, and camaraderie. It is always a fun afternoon with the opportunity to give away fibery items you no longer want, sell those that you don’t want but don’t want to give away, and of course the Dirty Santa fun. One of our group members has turned her interest to quilting in the past few years and has dropped out of coming to the weekly gatherings and the parties and she decided that since she was no longer using her wheel, that it should find a new home. The hostess picked it up from her home and brought it to her own home. The original owner did not want to sell it, she just wanted it to go to a new loving home. The wheel is a 40 year old Jensen, hand made wheel and it is beautiful. That wheel came home with me yesterday.
She is larger than my sitting quill, but smaller than the great wheel, a large sturdy Saxony style wheel of Cherry wood and she glows. With the leather fittings and old style hooks, she also can go to living history events with or instead of the sitting quill wheel. The loft now houses 4 wheels, I’m running out of space, but not out of love for the art and the beautiful equipment.
Perhaps an intervention is in order. At least an organization so that I can use them and get to the fiber to spin on them.