Thursday, August 02, 2007

Crafting in Colorado

One of the stops on my big trip was a visit to my hometown of Boulder, Colorado. I got to spend time with my family, eat lots of my Mom's delicious cooking and see my best pal who recently returned from a Foreign Service tour in Sudan.

And I got to try something new! My mom, who is a crafter extraordinaire, had her spinning wheel out and I got to spend some time with it. (Do you know how hard it was to not type, "take it for a spin"?)

I've always been fascinated by spinning wheels. I remember watching Disney's Sleeping Beauty with rapt attention when she was inexorably drawn toward her slumbering fate but I was much more interested in the spinning wheel than the princess. And spinning wheels have such lovely anatomical names like "maidens" and "mother-of-all" and "the footman." So after finally figuring out the scotch tensioner, I sat down to spin. It was quite tricky and an awful lot like learning to drive a stick shift (although I didn't crash into a gas pump my first time out alone-TRUE STORY!)

Here's my results:

Definitely what on author diplomatically called "novelty yarn". I'm not sure it is knit-able but it was delightful to spin. I think I need to practice more with my drop spindle before my next trip to Colorado.


Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

looks great! It looks "knittable" to me! reminds me of blueberries...

Leigh-Ann said...

very nice Maia :)

Liz Smith said...

So sweet! I had an old friend who spun on a wheel, it was fascinating to watch! I've never done it, but sometimes I read Forum threads on Etsy about what to do with litle bits of handspun and how some just collect theirs and fondle the skeins occasionally and don't want to use it at all :)

Christina J. said...

Very nice. And I love your photo!

Di said...

Your yarn looks great! I have never tried to spin so I am always impressed when someone tries!! I am heading to Boulder myself for 2 weeks in September to visit a friend and I can't wait!! Any hints on things I should see or craft shops to visit?

maia (glassbeach) said...

Thanks for all your kind comments about my "yarn". I'll work on it some more and try and make something from it.

Di, I highly recommend "Shuttles, Spindles and Skeins" in Boulder. It is an lovely wool shop with lots of yarn and wool and roving and spinning wheels. Here's the shop link:

I love the visit the Pearl Street Mall ( and Chautauqua Park (

Have a great trip!