Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Three agonizing weeks of cold New England drizzle were at last broken yesterday, heralded by the arrival of my Around the World Swap package. The sun broke through the clouds and the package broke through my gloom. Even if my swap partner had not intended to send an Around the World themed package, it was inevitably so, since she is from Korea!
My swap partner, Dani, set the scene with a note describing my "Travel of Dream" journey. In order to make the trip, I was instructed to utilize the preprogrammed teleportation compass (LOVE this idea). Should I decide to write anyone about my journey, she enclosed beautiful handmade blank notes made from map paper.
Each region was individually wrapped in its own themed project bag...First in Vietnam where I helped a local woman who suffers from the effects of childhood polio regain control of her life by purchasing a lovely buddhist coin bookmark she made. Then on to Korea, where, with the help of a very instructive book, I learn about the Korean art of tea. She also enclosed a ceramic all-in-one cup/strainer and some gorgeous teas from the region to try, as well as some Manju (baked sweets with an indescribable taste and texture...mmmm) I also pause in Bali to enjoy some journal-writing in this lovely handmade book.
The next bag was from India (Jaipur...and gorgeous!)...it contained a cookbook of great Indian simple dishes, as well as yummy snacks and fun knitting notions.
Finally on to Iceland where I will don my incredible new socks (!!! GORGEOUS!!!) and enjoy an evening of knitting with my special Lopi yarn (a kind we can't get in America) and basking in the midnight sun. If I would like a bit of a challenge, I may try making the tour-de-force of multicolor knitting...Nightingale Socks....as my new friend sent the pattern for these along as well :-)
Thank you, Dani, for a perfectly tailored knitterly tour of all my favorite places!
Thursday, May 19, 2011
I purchased this spinning wheel at Brimfield last year and am trying to find information about it. My understanding is that it is a flax spinning wheel like this one (1850), and not made for spinning woolen yarn.
|American Flax Wheel, ca.1850|
I also would love information about the painted decoration that might lead to a possible country of origin. I was thinking Scandinavia, but am not certain. Let me know your thoughts!