Saturday morning spinning and the tale of two wheels

Facebook friends got a sneak peek on Wednesday night of the two new-to-me wheels that I acquired. These were a completely unexpected acquisition too. Here’s the story of that acquisition, and a little bit more that I’ve learned about them since they’ve been in my possession.
A friend who knows a LOT of local antiques dealers asked around some time ago on my behalf if any of them had any antique wheels or to let him know if they come across any. By “some time ago” I mean at least last spring. Antique wheels, good ones anyway, just don’t seem to come up in this area all that often. When my friend called me yesterday to tell me that one of his antique dealer friends had not one but TWO, I was immediately intrigued. I was given the number of the gentleman with the wheels and I called him to ask if I could come and take a look. He described them a little more, and reiterated that they were both complete and in great condition. He had just picked them up and didn’t have any pictures that he could send to me first, so all I knew about these wheels, which wasn’t much, was from that phone call.

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Saturday morning spinning and revising my sock plan


May 3, 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday! We’ve finally made it to the month of May. Seems like the trees should be a lot greener than they are, but I guess that’s just a sign of how long and cold winter really was. My lawn is doing nicely, and it’s just about time for the first mowing. That’s a job I can almost enjoy now, thanks to the new lawn mower I got late in the mowing season last year. I had no complaints about the performance old mower prior to its demise, until I got the new one. It’s still a chore though.

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Hobby Lobby? More like Hypocrisy Lobby

It’s not often I will wade into controversial waters on my blog, but there’s an ongoing issue and a lawsuit recently heard by the Supreme Court involving Hobby Lobby a major chain of craft stores, and the owners’ opposition to the Affordable Care Act, that I wanted to share my opinion on.

Specifically, their opposition is to the mandate that health plans under the Affordable Care Act provide contraceptive coverage for their female employees. Hobby Lobby’s claim is that contraceptives go against their deeply held religious beliefs. They further claim that some of the contraceptives, specifically “Plan B” and “Ella”, actually cause abortions, which the owners oppose, and they should be exempt from providing that coverage just the same as religious institutions that employ people and provide health coverage are exempt. Continue reading “Hobby Lobby? More like Hypocrisy Lobby”

Saturday morning knitting, with handspun, of course!

The dogs allowed me to sleep in until a little after six this morning so we’re all off to a slow start here. It’s a cold rainy morning and there’s no plan for the day until dinner this evening with some friends. We dog-sit for them when they go on vacation, so we’re bringing our two boys over for a play date with theirs. These are all Italian Greyhounds, so it’s like visiting cousins.
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Saturday morning spinning and Friday night’s washing

April 5, 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It looks like spring is finally here, and it’s about time! All of the snow is finally melted away in the yard and I can see the teeny tiny tips of my hostas, lilies, and irises just starting to peek through the dirt. Now that the snow is gone, I can see all of the cleaning up I need to do in the yard too, much of it from the dogs. They’re glad the snow is gone too. They’ve been able to spend much more time outside, especially when I get home from work. They enjoy getting to know the yard again after such a long winter, and have been spending time sniffing every part of the yard, stopping frequently to re-mark their territory. It’s quite fun to watch. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and Friday night’s washing”

Saturday Morning Spinning – Spindles!

November 2, 2013

I thought I’d pick back up after my Rhinebeck hiatus with a post about a side of spinning we rarely talk about here – spindles. They’ve been used to make yarn for thousands of years, long before the advent of the spinning wheel, and are still being used today, and come in many different shapes, sizes, styles, materials, and price ranges. Because they are significantly smaller and less expensive than spinning wheels, it makes the craft of spinning much more portable than with a wheel, and makes it pretty easy to build a considerable collection of spindles too.   Continue reading “Saturday Morning Spinning – Spindles!”

Saturday Morning Spinning – a bit on finishing yarn

September 7, 2013

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! I’ve got a bit of a busy day ahead of me, starting with a routine vet appointment for one of my dogs at 9AM, so there won’t be much time for me to spin this morning. I love that my vet has Saturday hours so that I don’t have to take time off from work for regular visits. Later on this afternoon I am going to close up my pool. It’s time. It hasn’t been used in a few weeks, and no matter what high temperatures we might still get, the water is just too cold to go in.

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