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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Whee ~ a Wheel!

Jared and I went for a spinning lesson yesterday
and brought home a ladybug ~

a Schacht Ladybug.


It's cute as a bug &
even has a little ladybug on it.


And it's RED!


We set up a little spinning space under the stairs in the living room.
For now the trunk with baskets can hold all our fleece and supplies.

I'm working on Smiley's white fleece that I washed and carded.

So we can spin away...


with company of course.


Jared is a little faster than me.  He's so good at it!  Look how even that is (above).  He's 12!  Our teacher says he has quite the gift for working with fiber.


I think it's going to be one busy Ladybug!



21 comments:

  1. Kim, how fun! I think it is so neat that Jared loves it, too. It is always more fun to have a buddy! I can't wait to see what yo do with all of the spun wool:).

    ~Julia

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  2. Congrats on your new spinning wheel. It is a big thing up here in Maine and New England. It is unfortunate for me that I don't know how to knit, the fibers are amazing. Way to go Jared, continue to expand that talent.

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  3. What a perfect little spinning nook! I think a second wheel is in your future; I can't imagine trading back and forth on a wheel. Spindles are easier to share....

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  4. wow! jared does a great job! such attention to detail!

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  5. Yes, there was a used Kiwi there but he didn't like it nearly as much. He bought his own spools to work with. I did have to kick him off earlier today! I am glad he is enjoying it!

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  6. So delightful to have a 12 year old son who enjoys spinning and is good at it.

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  7. How lovely to see that you had a spinning space all ready to receive your new wheel! It looks like such an inviting area!

    Congratulations on your new arrival!

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  8. That looks like a lovely way to spend some quiet time! Go Jared!
    Where'd you find your teacher?

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  9. That is a lovely picture of you at the spinning wheel.

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  10. Nice looking wheel! I'm sure you will get a lot of use out of it. Now, you probably will need a bunch more sheep to go with it. :-}

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  11. Daisy,
    I did a google search of spinning wheel sales in our area and then started calling around. One lady about 45 minutes from me has a cozy little barn on her farm that she turned into a spinning/weaving shop. On her website she said she gave private lessons. Actually the 3 lessons it took to really get started all counted toward the purchase of our wheel. A great deal! You also might look for a hand spinning guild. There is one that meets once a month here. We are going on Saturday to participate in a lesson on skirting fleece. I bet it is a great way to get to know other spinners. What I have found learning all kinds of farm things is that those that love what they do usually love to teach others too!

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  12. Wow, great job Jared!! I love your little spinning corner, it looks so cozy and inviting!

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  13. I am so impressed. I bet you will both enjoy this hobby for a long time. It makes me feel good knowing that you are keeping that kraft alive.

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  14. This is so cool! And how great that you and your son are enjoying this together:)

    ~Cindy

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  15. It's great that you are both learning together. Your lady bug looks so interesting and the fibre colours are pretty.

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  16. I'll be looking into the Ladybug Spinning Wheel. Yeah for Jarod learning a cool skill!

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  17. How fantastic!! I would love something like this! I think it is wonderful that your son has such a knack for it too! :)

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  18. "What I have found learning all kinds of farm things is that those that love what they do usually love to teach others too!"

    You are so right about that, Kim! Thanks for the information!

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