Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Building and Yarn Along

Hello Yarn-Along-ers and Craft-On-ers,
I haven't done too much knitting this week, I have been too excited about the prospect of building my own Spinning Wheel!
This spinning wheel has been on my radar for a long time, years maybe, and I spent last summer picking up pieces that I thought would work to assemble my own. I may someday still go ahead with that plan, I love the look of a Charka and it would be pretty portable.
However, since I saw the $7.00 Spinning Wheel last week I decided to have a go at that one.
On Sunday we went to the hardware store and bought wood and a bunch of little metal pieces, and a fun new tool. Once we got home, I did a bunch of cuts with my miter saw to get the pieces that I will need.
This afternoon I spent some time on the front lawn with the Elder and the Younger, the Youngest was taking a lovely nap, and we sanded the rough edges on the many little pieces needed for the spinning wheel.
 (we used the cradle as a tote to bring the pieces up from the work bench to the lawn)
After a little bit of sanding, the kids decided that it would be more fun to just build castles with the pieces, and we added a few other things, like some empty cigar boxes.
 (The Younger thought this one looked like a robot.)
(This is the Elder's attempt at the tallest castle she could build. I love the negative space diamonds.)

Super fun, and now we're one step closer to having a spinning wheel! A little regular work to do first, but hopefully this week we can begin assembly.
Happy Yarn Along and Keep Calm Craft On swept me up today too!
What's on your creative plate today?


  1. Making your own spinning wheel = seriously cool! I have no idea how to spin, but it is something I would love to learn at some point...along with the hundred other things I would like to learn :-) But, since I love knitting, this is moving higher up on the list. I can't wait to see how the wheel turns out!

  2. I agree with heather - seriously cool. I have long wanted to learn to spin but the cost of a wheel keeps me away. I think I'm going to try to make my own too, thanks for the inspiration.

  3. Building a spinning wheel - among other sculptures - is amazing. I have a wheel that I have never persisted with, really thinking I need to go get it and have another play.
    Enjoy building (as the youngsters so obviously do).

  4. Creating your own wheel-that is wonderful. And I adore that your children were included.

  5. can't wait to see the wheel!!! looks like the kids will need a spinning lesson or two, also!!! they are totally into this project!

  6. Thank you for sharing the link!
    We have to build our goat milking stand first - but this should be next!

  7. Thank you for that link to the $7.00 spinning wheel. I have friends who spin, but I don't have hundred of dollars to spend on a spinning wheel right now.

    Maybe I'll get Hubby to make me the $7 version sometime.

  8. That's how my projects go too. First the kids explore it all then later I get to follow the directions :)

  9. I hope you have many joyful hours spinning on your wheel that you created yourself !!

  10. Ohh, i can't wait to see your finished wheel!! 7 dollars...wow, that sounds tempting! I never thought much about spinning because I knew it could be expensive, but this sounds much more doable! Thanks for sharing!

  11. Oh. My. Goodness.

    I cannot wait to see how the wheel works for you. I'm bookmarking the instructions for future reference… xo

  12. Your own handmade spinning wheel - how wonderful!! You are very clever :o)