Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Holiday Hangover

Anybody else feel like curling up into a little ball and hiding somewhere dark, warm, and quiet for 24 hours straight after the holidays? I usually do. I had a wonderful holiday and enjoyed our whirlwind Christmas visits (3 families across 3 states in 12 hours!) but I am very glad to be home. I missed my kitties and my cozy knitting chair and most of all, I was super excited to get started playing with all this:

Wonderful new spinning things!

The Fiasco masterfully putting together my new Babe spinning wheel.

It was nice and simple.

One bobbin even came loaded with pre-spun leader yarn!

We had it up and spinning in no time.

The spinning involved some failed attempts and false starts, of course, but wasn't too bad.

I also learned to properly card some nice, fluffy rolags.

The kitties were pretty impressed (maybe not).
My generous and wonderful parents gave me a Babe Production Double Treadle spinning wheel for Christmas and I love it already! It's not much too look at but there are plenty of good reasons to love it, and for a first wheel I think it can't be beat for simplicity and ease of use. I'm not very mechanically inclined and am weirdly intimidated by moving parts so a wheel made of a simple wheelchair rim and PVC pipe is a less scary way for me to ease into 'machine' spinning. And since various family members have gifted me so much roving and top that my fiber stash doubled in a single day, I'm sure I'll get plenty familiar with the wheel as I try to spin my way through it all (more about the fiber to come).

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! I'm going to go back to hibernating now, with my Fiasco, a movie, and my wheel spinning away.


  1. Getting a wheel is so exciting! I expect to see lots of handspun soon. the only problem with spinning yarn is that as you destash fiber, you add to your yarn stash.

    1. Haha, true! And it's not like my yarn stash really needs much enhancing...

  2. Congrats on the wheel, that is so very exciting! I can't wait to read about all your adventures with it :)

  3. A wheel is always super exciting! It looks like you had an amazing Christmas. I can't wait to see all of the amazing yarns you spin!

  4. Yay for your new wheel!!! :) What a wonderful Christmas present! I can't wait to see what you spin up. :)

    Oh, and isn't carding so much fun? Sometimes I think that even if I didn't spin, I'd still make rolags: it's such a relaxing, peaceful process.


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