Abundant Spring

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This is a wonderful new thing in my life. It’s been perfect for the quiet moments that keep me steady amongst serious potato planting, a family trip, birthdays (boys and me), sheep shearing day, many wonderful cottage guests and all those other things that come with spring in the Gulf islands.

It came to me from Ashli to whom I feel immensely grateful. I love the rhythm of this wheel.

This wheel is a double drive built by a man who built wheels of this type in Seattle in the seventies/eighties. This is all I know of its history and maker. It’s lovely wood, I wish I knew what type. The bobbins have a center core of a different type of wood, something very hard

Yes, this is my third spinning wheel. I’m delighted by how different each is and how much I’m learning about different systems and setups. And they each have their specialties with very little overlap between them. I’m the daughter of a man who had at least thirty different sizes and shapes of hammer.

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Hemp

This is the first yarn of the new wheel.

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It may look a bit like garden twine but I’m the culprit there. The wheel has a much better idea of how to do this than I do.

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Delight in the form of a Flax Wheel

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Isn’t this a lovely wheel that has come here to live? I’m learning so much as I clean and oil and start to spin. In free moments, I search for who and what. This shape seems to appear in both Normandy and Tyrollean wheels. From the emphasis on ornamentation combined with minimal wear, I suspect she is an antique parlor wheel from a middle class family. I would love to hear her story.

She is a bobbin lead and really does seem to be set up solely for flax (or other bast fibres such as the hemp I’m currently spinning). I don’t quite know what to do with a distaff yet and I don’t think it’s complete. Like many things……this is all a work in progress.

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Louet Linens

I’ve been doing some sample knitting for Louet, which I was slightly sad to post back to them. Must knit one for myself….. I loved the crisp hand of the linen and the perfect blue of the shawl. It brought me dreams of beach days and garden parties as I knit through snowy afternoons.

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The pattern, Susanna IC’s Blaeberry knit in Caribbean Blue.

I also knit a Gunnison sample for their spring collection in Soft Coral. Anne Podlesak’s pattern is simple and well written with perfect details.

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