My spinning wheel isn't very happy with me. I haven't used it for weeks, ever since I bought my new spindles. Truth is, they really fit in with the way that I live.
When I went off to visit my family a couple of weeks ago I knew I wanted to teach the kids drop spindling so I thought it would be lovely to take mine along to show them what can be done when you've had a bit of practice.
First I took a handful of roving...
Added the singles spindle and the plying spindle.
It all worked out rather well, actually. Not only was I able to show the children what could be done with drop spindling but after they were in bed and the grownups gathered in the living room it was easy to sit and chat and spin or ply, just like when I am there with my knitting. I managed to ply enough yarn to make a skein with the niddy noddy, dunk it, dry it by hanging it in the handle of my bedroom window and knit it up on the way home.
Now I am back home and the weather is slowly improving it is so lovely to take the bag out into the garden and do an hour or so's spinning while listening to the blackbirds sing and watch the cabbages take over my garden.
I am now wondering whether I do need a portable wheel or whether a better house wheel is the way to go - or maybe I'm just happy with learning more about the beautiful simple tools that I already have and sharing what I've learned with others.
Sometimes I feel very lucky.