Tuesday, November 09, 2010


Oops, I missed a day. Never mind, it's not like I get chucked out from NaBloPoMo after all.

I got this today, for my new-to-me Ashford Traditional.

Fourteen inches of hardened steel tapering to a point. It would make a fine weapon in a tight corner. This, if you don't realise, is a quill spindle, the part of a spinning wheel that Sleeping Beauty pricked her finger on. Modern flyer wheels don't usually have them but Ashford make one to fit the Traditional. Normally these are only found on spindle wheels like a Great Wheel. I would dearly like a Great Wheel but space and finances dictate otherwise, sadly! In the meanwhile, this will do just fine and will be a talking point(!) at demos.

Off to play....


Woollycraft Workshops said...

At last evidence of how Sleeping beauty pricked her finger. When ever I do anything with my wheel people always ask how she did it and I can never answer. I'd love to see where it goes and how it works.

Anonymous said...

I've got a mate who reckons it wasn't the wheel that did for Sleeping Beauty but something sharp in the flax. Have fun with the sharp pointy thing. Surely if you had fewer wheels you could find space for a great wheel?

The Knit Nurse said...

What's it for exactly? The pointy bit I mean?