As mentioned in the last post, I’ve recently acquired (added?) to my “toy”collection! Well, this is toys in the hobby accessory category, but nevertheless I’m super excited to add them to my clutter. I guess I don’t really consider this clutter as it is extremely helpful to one of my favorite things in the world (yarn/fiber) but nevertheless, I present to you my new wheel and swift!
During my final quarter (ever) of college, I decided to top out my units with a craft class which allowed me to work in the model shop. Having had experience with the tools, I decided to go for a yarn swift, as I had been pining for one for quite some time now. A spinning wheel seemed too daunting a task, but a yarn swift was perfect! Funny enough my teacher had never heard of one, nor anyone in the class, so I also exposed everyone to how awesome knitting culture is! These finished pictures show what it turned out to be, but surprisingly enough it started out with a block of wood, American Walnut. I loved how rich the color became after coating it with both a linseed oil and a polyurethane varnish.
Last summer, as some of you may remember, a desire was born to learn how to spin. I figured out how to use a drop spindle, but chose to wait on a spinning wheel til I graduated (YAY!). Well, now is the time I learn! I was so incredibly fortunate enough (thanks to the help of many ravelers-yay ravelry and awesome knitters!) to find one through craigslist at a STEAL of a price, with some minor maintenance required. I haven’t been able to try it out, as I’m waiting for my maintenance kit to come, but it is an Ashford Traditional, and according to the site’s timeline, I believe it’s from the 70s! I doubt it’s been used in at least 20 years, so some parts need replacing, oiling, etc. But the flyer and wheel are in great condition and I’m so stoked to begin to self-teach spinning on a wheel!
And last, but not least, hiking is in season! Well, in Southern California, I guess it’s always in season, but it’s not always in my season. Well it wasn’t, now it can be, thanks to the gift of TIME. I went to lower Arroyo Seco a couple of days ago, and it was absolutely splendid (though slightly hot for my taste).
I also have a pretty severe case of start-itis. Unfortunately, no WIP pictures quite yet. But not to fear, they too will come!