Saturday, January 9, 2010

Spinning wheels in history

No, no, no. This isn't a picture of me. This is a lovely Irish woman around 1900 that I came across on the internet searching for information on the beginnings of the art of spinning fiber of which I knew nothing about. In a nut shell, spinning on a wheel came about in medieval times. Prior to that they used drop spindles for about 9000 years. I have to wonder how they EVER got enough fiber spun to make ANYTHING on a drop spindle.
Hail the invention of the wheel!


Lilac Haven said...

Somewhere I have a vintage photo of a women spinning angora. I'll have to dig it out and continue this topic on my blog.

Lisa Kay said...

Neato! Spinning makes me feel like I'm doing something medieval! :)

By the way, Lester sent me to your blog.

Happy Knitting,
Lisa Kay