Yours Truly @ Enchanted Conversation: On Spindles and a Pet Peeve

I recently let off a rant about spinning wheels and one of my pet peeves, and Kate on Enchanted Conversation Magazine kindly consented to publish it. Here you go:

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On Spindles and a Pet Peeve

Enchanted Conversation recently republished an older post by Elizabeth Creith, a highly informative article on flax that is aptly entitled “STRAW INTO GOLD.” As a fairly new convert to spinning, it caught my interest—and it reminded me of one of my pet peeves where “spinning and fairy tales” is concerned. 
 
Full disclosure: I let my fascination with “Sleeping Beauty”—my favorite fairy tale—led me down the garden path into learning to spin. First it was a drop spindle, then a little castle wheel, and now I own an old Ashford Traditional, which is one of those really classic items that look exactly like what you’d expect to see when you hear “spinning wheel.” You know, a big flywheel; a treadle; a thing that whizzes around; sharp pointy bits sticking out at every angle for unwary princesses to prick their fingers on and fall into hundred-year sleeps… 
 
Actually, no. My spinning wheel, which is one of the earliest iterations of this model of wheel, has no pointy bits on it anywhere. None. Zero. Nada. It does have the flywheel and the treadle and the thing that whizzes around, though. The latter item is called the flyer, and it contains, right in its center, the spindle. Which, on this kind of wheel, is a hollow tube. Did I mention “no pointy bits”?
 
So what, then, did the princess prick her finger on?
 
That’s the million-dollar question, isn’t it.
Life, the Universe, and the Pointy Bit on Spindles. Hop on over to EC and leave a comment!
 

Author: AMOffenwanger

writer, editor, maker of things

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