I Hear A Symphony . . . . . . .


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”.

I stopped.

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!!!!!

My Kromski Symphony

My Kromski Symphony

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.

2015 roving from Rhinebeck

2015 roving from Rhinebeck

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.

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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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9 Responses to I Hear A Symphony . . . . . . .

  1. Ashling says:

    It’s so good to see you back to blogging! Congratulations on your fairtytale coming true; really seems like it was meant to be. Wishing you peace and joy and many years of happy spinning!

  2. nickyroo says:

    Happy spinning!

  3. danielle says:

    WooHoo! It’s beautiful. Did you name it yet or will you just call it “The Kromski”? I looked at that picture of your new roving and I swear I think I started to salivate.

    • Shelly R. says:

      And I really did tell myself NO a lot more than I told myself Yes in buying roving. Lisa Souza is my new favorite and she has a company that wholesales alpaca and alpaca blend bases with no minimum – different name but I will get it to you. Did not name the Kromski yet but leaning toward Anna after Gram. Seems fitting, don’t you think?

  4. Pia says:

    So how is it different to spin on compared to the Ashford? I’m curious because I’ve only ever had one wheel and never tried others. It seems to do the job but then I hear ooh and aah from other about how fast and easy this one and that one is…

    • Shelly R. says:

      I will let you know after I get a chance to start. When I got it home I realized that I did not have the brake assembly so I told them on Sunday and they found all of it by the peg which holds the assembly onto the wheel so that is being ordered and mailed to me by Misty Mountain Farms. I am hoping to be able to spin on it this weekend, though everyone I have spoken to who has a Kromski loves it so I have great expectations for this wheel.

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