Introducing Linda Lou


Sanity – why have you forsaken me?

So, today was my first spinning class.  I have wanted to learn to spin my own thread/yarn for a long time because I am a self-sufficiency type of gal.  Self-sufficiency also means being able to provide for your own clothing needs.  I wanted to know everything about creating clothes, right from raising the sheep and goats for the wool through weaving/knitting the fabric.  It has taken me this long to come to terms with the fact that I may not have my own sheep for a (long) while so instead of learning clothing production from the beginning to end, I would work back from the end to the beginning.

Hence my first spinning class.

I liked it, but I really need to practice it so that my hands learn what to do without having to give it sooooo much concentration.  At $50 per hour, that was going to get really expensive really quickly, and my teacher – who owns Countrywool – gave me an offer I could not refuse – purchase the wheel and my class and roving were free.  As the wheel was already marked down, I couldn’t pass it up.

And Linda Lou came home.

She’s an Ashford Traditional – which is a common and basic spinning wheel.  It is not the wheel I would bring to shows to demonstrate on – too modern in lines.  But it is the Saxony style of wheel which I wanted.  And she is light and easy to carry around.

She also came with a bag of colored mohair fleece, a bag of undyed mohair roving, and a bag with 2 bundles of Romney wool – great due to its long fiber length for beginning spinners.

I also picked up a book.

So now starts a new crafty adventure.  My sister is going to learn how to spin on a drop spindle.  We will see where this all brings us.

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About Shelly R.

I am a Mother, a daughter, a sister, a wife, an attorney, a crafter and the granddaughter of an amazing woman - my Polish Grandmother. My Grandmother gave me so much, through her love and her patience, her sayings and her time teaching me how to craft and to give to others, that it seemed fitting to share some of that wisdom, to tell some of her story, and to chat about life and crafts in a way that would be a testament to what she gave me.
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4 Responses to Introducing Linda Lou

  1. danielle says:

    Linda Lou is lovely. I can’t wait to see what she makes with you.

  2. pentalia says:

    Hee hee… I love that you named your spinning wheel.

    • Shelly R. says:

      Oh I name everything. I used to have an old Buick I named Bowie Simone – still my favorite name for a car. Whenever I would move into a new apartment I would name my first plant Arthur. I named my son’s first teddy bear Arthur too. My guitar was named Jackson. If I’m going to spend alot of time with it, I have to call it something. So as she and I drove home I just kept asking her what her name was and Linda Lou kept coming into my head. (Lucy was a possibility too). I tried Ashley (she is an Ashford after all) but Linda Lou it was. She seems to like me. I like her. Next we will see how we work together. 🙂

  3. Barbara Antonelli says:

    HOW CAN YOU TWO DO ALL THIS WITHOUT ME? I KNOW, I SHOULD MOVE BACK HOME. I’M TRYING TO GET THERE AS FAST AS I CAN…… I LOVED SPINNING FIRST,WELL AT LEAST I GOT MY LOOM FIRST, AND EVERYONE GOT DRESSER SCARVES. DOES ANYONE STILL HAVE THEM? I DO, AND AS I TYPE, ONE IS ON THE DESK RIGHT BEHIND ME. SHELLY, I LOVE THE SPINNING WHEEL, AND THE WOOL, AND I WANT TO LEARN….AND YOU WONDER WHY I LOVED TASHA TUDOR SO,WELL? SHE DID IT ALL….SIGH…

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