I cannot begin to thank
– my friend Sarah for first teaching me how to spin, making me realise the characteristics of different wheels, then pointing me in Spinning Weal’s direction;
– my friend V who was very helpful in giving me pointers on what sort of wheel to look for and where to find beautiful and manageable tops and fleece;
– Sarah at the shop who was very knowledgeable about a wide range of wheels, giving impartial advice, allowing me to test the Kiwi that she teaches with and even giving me a quick refresher tutorial on how to spin;
– my sweet other half J for helping me in finalising my purchasing decision.
(this is beginning to sound a lot like Oscar Award acceptance speech, isn’t it? :P)
It was lovely that as soon as I bought the wheel, J was as excited about decorating, painting and treating my wheel as I was! We used Dark Jacobeans wood dye for the wheel, coffee mixture to stain the Kiwi and edges of the treadles, and treated the wood and MDF with linseed oil into the small hours. I am a very lucky girl to have such a loving partner who assembled the wheel for me.
As soon as it was all done, he requested a quick demonstration. Although it took me a lil while to get used to drafting and tension again, as shown below in the ‘wire-like’ yarn, I think I’m slowly but surely getting the hang of it.
The wood dye and linseed oil are still lingering in the air; I can assure you that they give off pretty strong fumes, but I am over the moon with the results.