Wednesday, 9 April 2014

A spinning wheel

Touch the spindle, touch it I say...

A few weeks ago I won an auction on eBay for a spinning wheel. I've never spun before, never really had any interest in it, other then admiring other people's work.  But I have always loved the design of a spinning wheel and have wanted one as a display piece When my youngest daughter was a toddler Sleeping Beauty was her favourite movie. So we had to wait until she was old enough to not be terrified of spindles and then I had to wait for a wheel to appear in my budget and in the style I liked. And here she is...

I believe she is an Ashford Traditional Spinning Wheel. Possibly a kit Kraft, thought the original owner.  She looks beautiful and the treadle works smoothly (as the kids quickly found out).  

So now I want to learn to spin my own yarn.  I am hoping for Mother's Day to receive some bobbins,an Ashford maintenance kit, all the other bits and pieces needed to start and most importantly lessons. She is such a beautiful machine it would seem a shame just to let her collect dust.


Sunday, 6 April 2014

A costume

My beautiful daughter decided to audition for her school play.  The part was for a scientist so we started to research for costumes. The overwhelming consensus was to use a pajama top pattern and alter it to more resemble a lab jacket.  Luckily for me all patterns at spotlight were on sale.  We chose a heavy white drill and made up in no time.

It was the first time I had used the automatic buttonholer and I loved it!  All I want to do now is add button holes to everything because its so easy and fun. We added safety goggles to complete the scientific look and she went for it!  I am one proud mama.  

So with that done, I went back to the spindle berry shawl and finished the knitting while watching season three of Sherlock.  Love that show.  All that's left is to block it without ruining the little sequins.  The school holidays have begun so I'm not confident of getting much done for the next fortnight except for feeding the hungry hordes, cleaning and laundry. So much laundry.