Friday, July 22, 2011

Coasting

I made it over the mountain!



My Team Russian Underpants mountain stage challenge was to learn to spin on my antique Great Wheel.



It's not perfect, but I made yarn :-). Those are pictures of Punkin by the way.



I ended up switching out my original fiber selection with some of Elizabeth, our now oldest Jacob ewe and the one formally known as "the smartest sheep in the world". Now known as the most persistent sheep in the world. Or the most annoying. The loudest mouthed sheep...

I figured a strong dose of persistence might be required today plus Jacob spins so easy I didn't think that would hurt either. Actually this all started because I can't remember where I stashed the original selection ;-).



So I couldn't really find much on exactly how to wind a quill (the paper bobbin) so I played around and got this configuration. It seemed to work, but might not be right. Jump in with any suggestions/critiques. Likewise on the winding the yarn. I think I may be doing that not so great as well. Regardless, we made yarn today.



I decided to set the bobbins (?) on the wheel as a sort of trophy for her, having survived my hack spinning and being happy to be used again. As I walked out of the room, I glanced back. I'm pretty sure she was smiling.

10 comments:

ewespin said...

Congratulations! Well done!


Donna

Lori Skoog said...

I envy your talents! Nice work Sara.

Alice said...

You have reached the summit, Sara. I can hear the score from "The Sound of Music" in the background.
Your vintage wheel is grinning from spoke to spoke. If she could speak, oh the yarns she would tell and now she has a new one to include.

Michelle said...

Yes; well done! Wish I could come help you "conquer" your Turkish, but still, you've made yarn on it, too. Woot for you!

small farm girl said...

Yea!!!!

Sheepmom said...

I'm SO impressed that you're meeting your goals AND doing your daily farm stuff. I know I"m not that self disciplined which is why I am living the Tour vicariously through you! But when you come visit next time I'll ask for a lesson on my great wheel. There's a challenge for you!

Christine said...

Awesome! I am so impressed (and envious). I've always wanted one and to learn how to use it.

Linda said...

Looks good to me!

Terry said...

That is some wheel! Love the video.

flowerweaver said...

Very cool! I'm glad the Great Wheel is no longer just an object d'art! Looks like you have successfully spun your way through the tour! Congratulations!

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