05 May 2013

Oops.... post by Guest Blogger Jeff

Somehow this 200+ year old great wheel ended up in my possession. I don't know how that happened, but boy am I excited about it. :)



Overall, this Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival was the BEST. I'm sure Will will be posting all about it over on his blog, and he is the real blogger in this family, so I won't go all into it except to say I spent lots of money and don't feel bad about that one bit. We took a shepherding class on Friday(decided I wouldn't mind having a small flock for fleece, but probably won't go into it full time), spent all my cash on Saturday on goodies from Gnomespun, Into the Whirled, Persimmon Tree Farm, Loop, and a few other small farms on some breed specific fiber (Icelandic) and yarn (Montadale), took the sheep breed walk with the amazing Deb Robson on Sunday morning and learned about breeds I'd never even heard of (have you ever heard of Soay or Hog Island sheep?), and bought a great wheel that's been around as long as we've been a country. All in all, a fabulous weekend!

8 comments:

  1. oo oo oo ~ I do know of Soay sheep

    http://wilderbeefarm.com/Aboutus.html

    I know this couple that live over on the peninsula ~ they raise them and when I saw Eric & Casey the other day I got to see pictures of their new lambs including a set of twins ~ Frick and Frack

    AMAZING FANTASTIC GORGEOUS WHEEL!!!!! sniff sniff ~ I doubt you have room for me in the guest room now :)

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  2. WOW what a find, I love old things that can be used. It will look great in your home. Please post pictures of you spinning on the old grand wheel.

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    1. That's the one! The women gave Jeff a lesson on the wheel right in the exhibit booth, and he took to it like a duck to water! (Of course) As soon as Jeff was spinning on the great wheel, all sorts of people came up and wanted to watch or even try. They didn't realize he was buying it!

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  3. Oh that is exciting! I wish I could spend more than one day at the festival. Good luck with the wheel!

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  4. A little bit about the great wheel - it has a little spindle kinda thing that sits horizontally, where the fiber comes off. This type of spinning wheel makes the most sense of the old "Sleeping Beauty" story, where she is said to prick her finger on the spindle. :)

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    1. now that's a great little tidbit I'm glad to have learned ~ I like Sleeping Beauty even better now that I'm reminded she was a spinner, albeit an accident-prone one ;)

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