I think when a lot of people in college think of the word “Era,” the phrase “I think I was born in the wrong century/decade/era…” comes to mind. I feel like it applies to me most in the thought that a lot of my hobbies and skills are not really something that most college students find themselves being interested in. I knit, sew, crochet, embroider….and the best example: this past week, I purchased my own spinning wheel.
This is a Lendrum Double Treadle (Purchased from The Woolery). It folds flat which is perfect for me at this stage because I can fold it up, put it in its bag and put it away when I’m not using it. I got the bag to go with it, so I can just put it on like a backpack and go!
I took spinning lessons from the Fiber Factory in Fall ’10 and had been wanting one ever since. Because they’re so expensive, this past birthday and Christmas I just asked people to give me money and that it was going towards getting a spinning wheel for myself. I’ve had a lot of people ask me where you prick yourself (a la Sleeping Beauty). Well, they don’t put that part on spinning wheels anymore.
And what was I doing while everyone else was watching the Super Bowl?
Spinning fiber, of course!
That being said, I think I may be an old soul in a new world, but I hope to bring young ideas to an old art!