Wow!! Has it ever been busy. But I have been gone too long and folks have been kind enough to keep visiting this blog and following this blog and commenting still and I feel that I need to find time to keep up this blog because you are all so nice to care. This blog is really just about what life is like in a busy crafting family full of growing boys and dogs and all we do just to keep afloat. Blogging makes me stop and look at it and let you know what it feels like to be in the middle of this life. It also helps me keep all that we do organized and recorded somewhere. Things are just moving at a fast pace and hopefully it will still be of interest to most of you.
I have to say that there was an event which kick-started this. One of those things that just needs to be shouted about. Well, okay, maybe not shouted about but at least mentioned with a “hee hee!!”
I got my Kromski.
For those who don’t know, Kromski makes spinning wheels – and they are made in Poland. And I have wanted one since I first learned about spinning. And the Kromski I wanted was the Symphony.
To begin the story, I was at the New York State Sheep and Wool Festival this weekend – otherwise known as “Rhinebeck” in the wooly arts world – and I went to a booth for Misty Mountain Farms (Led Zeppelin reference? Was to me – obviously a sign) where they had the Symphony on a shelf with a sign “Show Special”.
That’s a Symphony.
Regular $715, on sale for $595. Plus they covered the sales tax. Plus you get a free pound of fiber. It comes with the lazy kate and two more bobbins. I was with my Mom.
Should I get it Mom? Yes.
I walked away. I shouldn’t get it.
Kept going. Being good. Not really spending money. Well, we could go look at it again. Still there. Hmmm.
Texted Chip. They got my Kromski. What do you think. Should I get it? Yes, and I have a friend who might want to buy your Ashford.
And as you already know, I did it. Heeeeeeeee!!!!!
That’s my Symphony. I’m still a little giddy.
So today I went back to meet with his friend (who is now my friend) who might want to buy the Ashford and brought it to her so she could take it home and try it out. And we both went shopping for roving. Have I mentioned that I LOVE roving? I do. I really really do. And we had a ball as we went from booth to booth petting and pulling and buying roving. We were good – we said no much more often than we said yes – but we still said yes a lot. We had soooooo much fun.
So here is the roving haul I brought home today.
The grey and white is icelandic wool, there is a Fiber Optic gradient merino roving there, another gradient loose orange-red merino/bamboo roving, a white Finn roving, a white Wesleydale roving, a grey Gotland roving, some merino silk rovings (green, brown, multi-colored) and a merino cashmere roving (red blend).
I have written about the zen of spinning before. It is one of those things I do when I have the time to just be. Nothing else. Just watch as the fiber moves through my hands and my foot taps the rhythm of the wheel. . . . . .
I can make yarn this way – but it really isn’t necessary in terms of my love of spinning. It is one of the few things I do that does not have to have an end purpose. I am not trying to sell it. I certainly don’t need more yarn. I just love the act itself.
These are days that I miss my Gram. She would have loved to have seen me spin. She would have loved that the wheel came from Poland.
This weekend a little bit of Poland entered my home. Seemed like the time to restart the blog.