The kiddo and I ran an errand to our friendly local wool mill this morning*. For a boy whose 2 favorite things in the whole wide world are machines and sheep (in that order) this was pretty much kid heaven. We got an extra special push-all-the-buttons-see-how-the-machines-work-tour through the entire process from washing the raw wool, to the finished yarn right down to how the wind the skeins. Notice the very cool machinery. They don’t make ‘em like that anymore.
This particular spinning machine is from the 1940′s and was designed with women operators in mind. But there was a hands on lesson for the role children played in the Mills.
He cleared the whole row in no time. Hard work, but I promise he had fun.
Thank you so much Margaret and everyone at the Green Mountain Spinnery for letting us get in your way this morning!
*Not telling you what I came back with but it was good and you’ll see eventually I promise!