04 October 2013

Drama About A Wheel

I didn't write a post last week because I didn't trust myself not to write anything I'd later regret, you see, I was very close to commit some murderous acts on my beloved 16 year old son. Let me tell you why.

Remember Little Grace Special? Yes, the handmade wheel that I waited 5 months for and finally came two weeks ago? Last week my son broke the flyer. Huh? What?! How?! Well, he was lying on the sofa like teenagers do, and had his lanky legs dangling over the side. My wheel was on the other side. As he was getting up he did this lifting up the legs and kicking out thing and WHAM! the wheel took a tumble but didn't fall (just as well!) but the poor flyer took the full force and fell, one of the flyer arms snapped - he is a blue belt in Martial Arts!
I was stunned, gobsmacked, stupefied, speechless, and sad...  Of course it was an accident, and he was very contrite - he even offered me all the cash he had, the cash he'd been saving up for something special. But that didn't help at the time, my brand new wheel!!

Luckily Mike, the wheel maker, said that if I sent the flyer back to him he would repair it for me. And the good news is as I write this post the flyer is on its way back, so all is good. And I still love my son, dearly ♥

While I was feeling sad last week I had something new to keep me occupied, my Cricket Loom had arrived. I know I know, I was going to get it when I visit the U.S. in January but I gave in to my impatience. Well, there is another story in there but I will tell you another time, one drama a post is quite enough!

Anyway, I used the yarns that came with the loom and made a practice piece:
and here it is tied off, washed and dried :-)
The edges are a bit wonky, especially on the side where I carried the yarns and it's only short, but I am very happy with how it turned. This is so much fun!

On the spinning front as I couldn't use my new wheel I got to play on the Jenkins Turkish spindle, I already had two singles spun up so I used my new Swan to do the plying which was perfect as I found it's a little too heave to spin singles for my liking. I was very impressed with how much the Swan can hold, a whopping 118g and 163 meters in this case, wow!
Well, that's all the drama and excitement for me this week. Now it's your turn :-)

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  1. Oh my gosh. I'm glad your wheel will be ok.. and that your son is ok. ;-)

  2. Glad that you were able to get it repaired! Kids!!! That's yarn is very pretty, and so is the weaving.

  3. Goodness, you did have an adventure. I'm glad your son lived ;-) and that the maker isn't going to make you wait five months for the flyer fix. Whew! LOVE your first woven project. Hooray for weaving. As always, I love your handspun.

  4. May you and your Little Grace Special live happily ever after from now on, and JJ too :-)

    Already bought the loom? well, more room in your luggage for yarn!

    1. Hehehe, I couldn't wait... but I'm sure there are many other looms or loom related items I can look at :P