A spinning wheel

The York District Weavers Spinners and Dyers Guild lends equipment and books to its members, so I’d hoped eventually to be able to borrow a spinning wheel in order to get an idea of whether I would like to buy one. Using a drop spindle is convenient but I understand with a wheel it is possible to spin more quickly.

I was therefore thrilled when the Chair of the Guild offered to lend me a spinning wheel that had been donated to the Guild and was in her home. We arranged for me to pick it up at a location between our two abodes and today was the day.

I’ll need to look on YouTube for instructions on how to use ‘my’ wheel but the Chair suggested that she might run a workshop on using one. In the meantime, I am excited about seeing how far I can get on my own.

Whilst out, I was also pleased to have a walk in a different location. Last spring, my daughter and I explored Tadcaster but we never made it to the part of the riverbank I had the opportunity to walk along this morning. In the event, I didn’t get very far but I enjoyed the view across the River Wharfe

and was tickled to see wild garlic. I can’t say I’ve this in such a location before.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to A spinning wheel

  1. The spinning wheel will be a good adventure with which I wish you well. The walk was a different kind of one

  2. I have a spinning wheel on long term loan. An elderly lady who no longer used it gave it to my friend who teaches spinning with the instruction to lend it to a learner. I had bought a wheel but it has a wobbly leg! So I was the lucky learner who got the much better one to learn on. Now I just need to make more time to use it!

  3. gaiainaction says:

    I don’t know the first thing about spinning wheels Helen but it does sound exciting and I do love balls of wool. Enjoy your new passtime!

  4. Karen says:

    You are such a good self learner, I’m sure you will have no problem learning to use the spinning wheel.

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