I have resisted sitting down at the spinning wheels. I told myself that once the boxes in the food storage room are unpacked, I can sit and spin for a while. Those boxes are not unpacked yet but the day is still young! I think that’s exhibiting quite a bit of self-control. The spinning wheels have been here over a week and I haven’t touched them.
Added asked me several times if she could try spinning. I doubt she sticks with it more than 2 minutes. It isn’t easy and I’m not good at all . . yet. As I’ve mentioned, my excuse is that Rita would get under the pedals and run into the wheel and I had no good place to put the wheels in the Texas house. Here, I can put them in the corner (basically where they are) and they will not be in her way. She may wander over to where I am working but she will not just walk into them on her way to get water, as she would have in Texas.
This morning I ordered some “easy to spin” wool from Etsy. It was also fairly inexpensive – $22/pound. That wool can get really expensive and as a beginner, even the stage where I am and especially what Addie will do, it’s pretty easy to go through a pound in not much time at all, and most of what I spin now either becomes stuffing for projects or goes into a fabric bag for a dog/cat pillow.
For those who have never tried spinning, you have to get a rhythm going with your feet and it has to be 100% consistent and much slower than you think it would be. Then your hands are doing the drafting and it takes just the right amount of tension to feed the fiber through, not too quickly, not too slowly, not too much tension, not to much slack. Watching someone else do it, it seems so easy. Trying it myself . . not so easy!
Even though I’m about 99% sure Addie will not sit more than a few minutes at the spinning wheel, I want her to be able to do everything she wants to try. Who knows where sitting at a spinning wheel at 8 years old will take her . . she loves animals and I could see her having alpacas or some exotic breed of sheep . . but that’s just Granny dreaming! Because of the effect crafts have had on my life – writing the quilt books, the longarm quilting, the blog, my love of knitting – I will provide the tools and my time for whatever craft she wants to try and I will never hold her feet to the fire when she wants to give up. I think back to the encouragement of my grandma – allowing me to play in her button drawer, sew on her old treadle machine, teaching me to do embroidery and crochet . . where would I be had I not had those little fires lit when I was Addie’s age?
Having the two wheels here, Addie and I will be able to spin together and I’m looking forward to that!