Each day during the Tour de France spinners across the globe have joined in on the action with their very own online Tour de Fleece. I signed on to Team My Favorite Sheep and have been busy doing spinning related things since it started.
The first day I stopped into an antique mall on my way to visit friends. There were four different antique spinning wheels. With all the willpower and determination I could muster I walked away not purchasing any of them.
Then I went back the next day.
Well, I just couldn’t leave the poor old girl lying there in the corner neglected now could I?
(Pathetic dog and soda can for size comparison.)
She won’t win any beauty pageants. She’s short and not exactly in her prime but there was just something about her I loved.
I gave her a quick sponge bath and took her for a ride. You know what? She started spinning right out of the gate. No questions ask. She’s clearly a working girl.
After further inspection I came to realize she’s remade out of an old chair or stool. Some inventive farmer probably made her for his wife.
It is customary for a spinner to name her wheel. I’m not sure if I want to call her June Bug because of her unique color or Scarlet. Scarlet seems appropriate if you recall the scene from Gone With the Wind where Scarlet rips down the old green velvet drapes and remakes them into a gown, yes?
She clanks a little as she spins but I can’t blame her for that. In my old age I’m starting to clank a little too. I’m not sure we’ll make the full run of the Tour de Fleece but we’re going to give it a shot. Be prepared to throw some water on us once we get in our groove!