I was so busy with work this summer that I forgot to introduce you to my new favorite contraption: the Wendy spinning wheel! My parents picked her up at an estate sale along with a medieval looking drum carder, several big jars of buttons, some sock forms, metal embroidery hoops and a giant knitting book from the 70’s. I wish I’d known the lady before she passed because, judging from the amazing loot they found, I think we would have gotten on famously.
It took my Dad and I a few weeks to figure out how to put the drive belt on and get her working smoothly again but I’ve spent a couple hours spinning now and I think I’ve found a hobby I could do for a very long time (and maybe feed my knitting habit).
Isn’t she purty? The whole thing is just over two feet tall and it was originally built so that you could spin in the front seat of your VW bus. How amazing is that whole idea? Answer: very.
Hey, remember all of that wool I had at the beginning of summer? I got one pound of it back after I sent it to From Barn to Yarn over in Boring and I’ve spun a ball of yarn on my drop spindle while camp was going and then I’ve spun maybe 1/4 pound on the spinning wheel (that’s all that pretty white stuff at the top there). I’m really happy with how it’s coming out. It’s not beautiful wool (it’s from a breed meant to be eaten (Polypay) so the focus isn’t on the wool) and it was pretty dirty so she did a really great job cleaning most of the stuff out for a pretty reasonable price. If you happen to have a ton of fleece that is just too dirty to manhandle on your own I would definitely recommend looking them (or someone who does similar work) up.
I think that’s a pretty good job for a few hours spinning and watching Fight Club and the Mighty Boosh in the basement.
There are two movies coming out soon that have caught my eye. No, they’re not the new Star Trek or Moon (those are OBVIOUS ones on my list). No, I’m talking about 500 Days of Summer and Paper Heart. They’re both about love (or lack of belief in love), romantic, sweet, quirky, look funny and have potentially AWESOME soundtracks. It doesn’t hurt that they have all these great people acting in them either. Now, I don’t have someone to go to date movies with I might have to wait until they come out on the old Netflix to see these (and really it’s just because I have a thing about going to movies or restaurants by myself), but don’t think I’m not 100% psyched about them, because I am. They look like they might just make it into my favorites list, whether I see them in theaters or not.
What does it say about things these days (whatever things those may be… I’m not going to try to quantify “things” today) thatÂ two movies are coming out this year where the main character (both women) don’t believe in love? I’m intrigued both by the fact that this is a subject matter and that they’re both women (not that gender has anything to do with it… or does it?). Huh. Oooohh they look so good! I hope they’re good. Especially now that I’ve watched them five times each.