Meet Matilda. She’s my new toy.
Matilda was born in the early 1970s, in New Zealand. She’s a Thumbelina spinning wheel and is a little on the antique side. Which is to say that some minor carpentry and engineering skills were required to get her up and running, but running she is. She’s a double drive spinning wheel, which means that the drive band goes around both the whorl and the bobbin. She’s a brilliant little machine and I love her, even if I’m not very good at her yet. (Note unevenness of the spinning in the picture). I haven’t quite figured out where to get a third bobbin, but I now own excitingly named items like a lazy kate and a niddy noddy and a mother-of-all. (Okay, the last is a cheat – that’s on Matilda.)
I picked up Spin, Dye, Stitch by Jennifer Claydon, which I recommend. It’s a good starter manual for people who have no idea what they’re doing (hint: me), but it may lead to a desire to learn how to dye. The pictures in the back are very inspiring.
Also, proof that all things yarn lead to cats, even taking pictures of yarn making things.