Did I mention that the youngest went and dyed her hair pink within 48 hours of our return from China? One of those wash out after forever kind of dyes. Pink on top of blond takes more than 26 washings, trust me.

Apparently she took my “You can’t do it before the trip, we will talk about it on your return” to mean that once she was back it would be ok. It is bright pink. Really. But no pictures. It is a fine time for her to be getting shy, not even showing up till hours after the deed.

Rumor has it the current colour is toned down from the original. In which case I am glad I did not see what it looked like before the first half-dozen shampoos.


Did I show you my new wheel? The plans were purchased from the UK about six-seven years ago. I hadn’t done anything with them except to look at them, deploy downrange for a while, come back and look at them some more. Annette carries spinning wheels in her shop. Her husband builds spinning wheels. In Dec 2005, I asked him about the possibility of building a Norwegian Wheel. He didn’t have plans. I did. We came up with a deal. I was not in a hurry and the plans could become his. Since I have a Timbertop’s Chairwheel, I did not inquire about Connecticut Chairwheels built from scratch. Not that I can find those plans – or the sheets for a large warping mill. Since my small Harrisville was destroyed in the last couple of moves. Looking around – it looks like David Bryant Craft Design Plans can be found here.

Back to my wheel.



I found a lovely short history with pictures here. Characteristically, many of the wheels had a flat bed rather that the more familiar slanted bed of the Saxony Wheels. The placement of the lazy kate underneath is common in most of the contemporary wheels I saw in various Husfliden’s in Norway.

It spins like a dream. I am a happy camper. Not that I needed a new wheel.


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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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