…fly away home, or to our home. Several ladybugs seem to reside in our lovely seaside church. Over the winter we have found several of them randomly wandering about the very high ceilings or meandering by the windows. Funny thing, isn’t it, how some insects evoke fear or revulsion, while others are seen as harbingers of good luck.
As a child of Hungarian immigrants who had lived in Germany for several years before their arrival in Canada, German culture was a prevalent influence in the home and found expression in terms of food, language, and folklore. I was admonished not to be messy like der Struwwelpeter, I read stories about the adventures of Hans, Dora, und der Teufel, and developed a general fondness for ladybugs (especially chocolate ones)!
It is not, however, the reason that I chose the Schacht Ladybug as my spinning wheel.
Nor was it because the lovely natural blonde wood and red drive wheel so perfectly compliments our decor..
The decision stemmed from comfort (I’d spun on a Schacht wheel before), availability, price, and all around good reviews.
I purchased my wheel from the lovely Brenda at Gaspereau Valley Fibres in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. She happened to have a Ladybug available just when I decided that I really did want a spinning wheel after all; and I am all about supporting local business when I can. Brenda kindly gifted me a braid of Malabrigo hand dyed merino to get me started and tempted me with soon to be available fibre blend of wool and linen. I will be going back for that in the spring.
Other accessories have arrived by post earlier this week: Hand carders from Finland. I like these since the pins are set in leather, rather than rubber. I like the weight and feel of these. Not too heavy or large for my relatively delicate hands.
I also receive my Schacht Lazy Kate for plying, no more making do with a cardboard box and bobbins strung on knitting needles!
I can hardly wait want to try out the Frogtree Merino Bamboo (73/30) fibre in the photo above, it is so silky! It should spin up nice and fine. Perhaps a true lace-weight this time?
Have a beautiful day,