A Perfect Day
This was one of those rare perfect Spring days on the northern California coast – 80 degrees. It was so amazing to still have enough sun and warmth to take my spinning wheel out on the back deck after dinner and spin awhile. I swear the birds were chirping in time to the repetitive creak of my wheel. This is my wheel.
It’s a Kromski Minstrel manufactured in Poland which is fitting since I am half Polish. I also bought it as a kit and assembled it and put a natural finish on it with Butcher’s Wax. Somehow that made it even more mine and more cherished. It is a perfect wheel. It has enough of the classic old wheel look but it is small enough to be portable and take along even though It isn’t a folding wheel. Yesterday I had trouble getting the spun yarn to draw onto the bobbin. I may be a novice but I make regular use of youtube to watch videos of craftspeople using tools with more proficiency that I have so far. I easily found that i needed to tighten the tension screw slightly and use a longer draw with my fiber. Voila! Spinning success!! So besides my spinning, other elements of my perfect day were giving my dogs oatmeal baths to calm their itches, practicing my tatting (I can almost make uniform picots) and a little bit of sock knitting. Dinner done…dishes done….who could ask for more? Oh and I forgot to mention the smell of the blooming wild azalea that wafted over the deck as I spun my wheel. Nature’s aromatherapy.