Normally when I read the morning paper, I don't bother to read the classified section. For some reason two days ago, I started glancing through it and found something catching my eye. A local person was divesting herself of all of her fibercraft accouterments including a small loom, a spinning wheel, and various yarns and equipment. Well, all that morning that ad nagged at me. By lunchtime I couldn't take it any longer and called the number listed.
I made arrangements to view the collection after the seller got home from work that day. The loom was very old and in not-great-shape. Had she not wanted $400.00 for it I might have considered it and loved taking it apart, cleaning it, and trying to put it back together better than what I saw in front of me. It was a very old Harrisville 22-inch floor loom that might have been nice to use for placemats. But it was just too much money.
Her yarn stash was admirable. It covered her couch as well as two or three chairs and contained a wonderful assortment of very artistic yarns. Tempting, but I have my own stash to work through.
And so I moved on to the spinning wheel. I saw before me an earlier version of my Ashford Traditional spinning wheel. It was made probably late 60s or very early 70s, stained with a dark walnut finish, and very dusty. I tried the treadle and watched the actual wheel - it was a bit "off", not quite as true as my Ashford's wheel, but the driveband was not jumping off the wheel with use. I looked over it very closely then asked its owner THE question: "How much are you selling the wheel for?"
At first she didn't mention a price, trying to talk about the wheel as if it was fresh off the line today. I pointed out the differences between her wheel and the new versions. I could see on her face that she realized that I knew my wheels. She then asked me, "Would $50 be OK?"
Apparently, it was OK. :)
Now I have a wheel to lend out to students or take with me to demonstrations to entice passers-by to sit and try. After bringing it home, cleaning it up and oiling it, it spins like a new wheel. It will have a definite place and job to do. And I am delighted to give it a good home.
And here is a picture of Tina with my DH. I have been waiting for Tina to post about visiting Mr. Skittles (but she's been busy). Here's proof that he will actually accept cookies from total strangers! ;-) Actually, he really liked both Tina and John. We really enjoyed their visit with us and do hope they will visit again! We even promised them to meet at Balck Sheep Gathering in '08.
And last, but not in the very least...a picture of the flowers my DH sent to me on our anniversary. The pictures I took of them do not do them justice. He usually sends red roses, but when these were delivered he said that their color was so stunning when he was picking them out that he thought these were the better choice.
Ya done good, Hon! Here's to the next 31 years!.....