Friday, February 12, 2010

Yay! Photo uploading working now!

Looks like photo uploading is now working. Think my hubby had something to do with it. :)

The wheel is an Ashford Kiwi and comes in unfinished wood. I was going to just give it a coat of something to protect it until I found a Kiwi group on ravelry and there are tons of people who paint their Kiwi's. Now, pink being my favorite color, I probably should've painted her pink, but I went with chartreuse for the wheel, then a dark walnut stain for the rest of it. I may have to decopage a little pink rose on her just to get that pink on there.
I see a lot of other spinners name their wheels, so any suggestions?

May the Lord abundantly bless your day,

Thursday, February 11, 2010

As the wheel turns...

Yesterday I finally sat down with my spinning wheel and gave her my full attention for about an hour. At last year's Rhinebeck, my wonderful husband let me buy an Ashford Kiwi wheel. For Christmas 2008, he got me a handmade wheel that I love, but I needed more of a workhorse one to figure it out before I could tackle a more delicate one. I am a little, O.K., very, machine phobic, so it takes me quite some time to take on anything with parts and/or instruction manuals. Sewing machine...finally learned about four years ago and I don't freak out anymore if the thread gets jammed. As a craft, it's very satisfying to finish something in a day, but since I can't carry it around with me, it loses serious points there.'s nothing short of a miracle that I have a blog. JUST learned how to download pictures myself only a few weeks ago without asking hubby or two older daughters. I have to go through all the processes myself before I get it. I cannot learn by watching and listening to someone.

This is why it has taken me so long to sit down at my wheel. Watching youtube videos over and over is like Charlie Brown's teacher, "Wah, wah, wah, WAH. Wah, wah, wah, wah." I overcame my fear and just sat down. And loved it.

A while ago I had purchased a very soft bit of fine merino roving in an olive color. I would LOVE to post some pictures of my wheel and the bit of yarn that I actually spun, gleefully yelling, "I'm doing it!!! I'm doing it!!! I'm spinning yarn!!! It's working!!!", but, alas, our computer is acting very strange and every time I hit the "add image" button, a big blank screen pops up with Mozilla at the top.

I look forward to spinning lots more and becoming better at it. Then when this year's Rhinebeck comes around, instead of yarn purchasing, I can purchase FIBER. How fun. We've still got to get the hang of drop spindling, too.

Sorry no pics! :( Soon, hopefully!

May the Lord bless your day abundantly,