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Spinning and minimalism

 When Leon and I moved into our new, smaller flat, we tried to use the principles of minimalism: what do I use? what do I love? what do I need? Mostly the answers to these question were easy, and we got rid of literally a truckload of stuff -books, DVDs, shmontzes, old photos, gone without a qualm. But my spinning wheels were another matter. Even though I rarely spin, I wanted to hang on to them. Luckily my main wheel is a very attractive Majacraft Rose. Leon loves the way it looks like a ships wheel, and I think it's very pretty. So it lives in the living room, despite rarely being used.

A few weeks ago Louisa said she was knitting a shawl for a friend,  but was using laceweight held double. I offered to ply it for her, but she was in a rush and got knitting instead. I think she may have had some tangles, because she asked me to ply the leftovers. It was only 20 grams, but it was such a pleasure to sit down at my wheel and do some spinning.  

In even more excitement, I now have a laundry sink, so, instead of having to put this the bathtub to soak, I could use my sink! Sometimes it's the little things that make me so, so happy.


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