Where there’s a wheel there’s a way
Friday February 12th 2010, 9:57 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,Spinning

(“How ’bout this, too?” asked A Child Who Shall Remain Nameless.

“No, I don’t think so!” from Nancy in tandem with my “Not on your life!”)

Nancy, who is in the process of selling her house and has been busybusybusy, came over today anyway, to my great delight. I’m clearly doing better than I was, thank goodness, but I warned her about my cold, fever gone or no. (Hey, anybody want a house in Mountain View with a beautiful indoor courtyard? Her turtle swam with the fishies in a fountain in there for many many years.)

While trying to stage her house, she’s also a co-chair running CNCH (a Stitches West-type event for handweavers) and she’s teaching handspinning classes. Hey! I had some Romney roving that needed a home: Romney is one of the best wools for teaching new spinners with, not too short but not rough like some of the longer wools, but I am no longer a beginner and I like my wool softer than that.

(Side note here before Don asks: roving is the term for fiber that has been washed, carded, and if need be dehaired of any coarse outer coat and removed of any hay the animal might have rolled around in and is now ready to be spun into yarn.)

A solution could be found here, don’t you think? And so off it went with her, freebie supplies for her students to make everybody happy.  Then I threw in a nepped-at-the-mill (not on purpose!) Rambouillet fleece for extra practicing on.  The Boy Scouts had gotten a large bagful for stuffing in their shoes on long hikes to avoid blisters; now the second bag had a good use.

Although, I did spin one good project out of that Rambouillet years ago; its tested micron count was very fine and it was such soft stuff.  It was half-felted as well as pilled by the time it came back to me (the mill I sent it to bought better superfine equipment after that learning experience), and though it was like trying to spin rubber bands, it did make for very soft, cushy slippers that I knit up for my daughter’s high school biology teacher.

That teacher’s name was one of two on the bio textbook.  She was so inspiring in that classroom that she changed my daughter’s life entirely.  Handspun handknitted slippers as a thank you for my daughter wanting to walk in her shoes was the least I could do.  And that was based on what I knew then.

Sam’s finishing up her microbiology PhD now.   I hope her old teacher knows that Sam not only tried her shoes on, she loved the fit.

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Glad you’re feeling at least a tad better.

Comment by Ruth 02.12.10 @ 11:16 pm

A little good news brightens my day. Hurray! Now, as to teachers, my first and second grade teacher became my idol, best friend, mother.

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 02.13.10 @ 8:52 am

Well, thank you for the definition, even before I ask. I must say you do have a knack for giving. It must feel sooo good to be able to make others happy. I’m also glad that you’re feeling better. So am I.

Humor –

Especially for you, Alison:

How can you tell when a leprechaun is having a good time? When he’s Dublin over with laughter.

Fortune tellers are so easy to buy clothes for. They’re all mediums.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.13.10 @ 10:25 am

I have been hankering to spin lately, too, I have some lovely roving to work with, but I need practice before using some of the finer stuff. (I have practice-grade too).
For the next month though, i will eb knitting. maybe I can spend part of April spinning?

Comment by Diana Troldahl 02.13.10 @ 11:01 am

A microbiology PhD — congratulations to Sam! Impressive!

Comment by Madeline 02.13.10 @ 8:41 pm

I haven’t had time for my wheel, and I miss her! Glad you’re better.

Comment by Channon 02.15.10 @ 10:44 am

Well, I want a house in Mountain View, one just like that. Is she giving it away?! 🙂

Comment by Monica 02.15.10 @ 10:50 pm

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