*No wool, children or machinery harmed*

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.photo-52 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.photo-54

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.

photo-48Bobbin boys followed their mothers to work and while Mom operated the machinery the kiddos ran the full bobbins from the spinner to the steamer baskets

photo-53And then picked up empty bobbinsphoto-49To reload the machinephoto-47You have to move pretty fast

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He cleared the whole row in no time. Hard work, but I promise he had fun.

photo-44(Notice that he fell asleep with his hands in the yarn?)

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!

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4 Responses to *No wool, children or machinery harmed*

  1. Jules O says:

    Sounds like heaven for many of us fibre lovers as well too!! Certainly sounds like it was all fun!

  2. What a great day out. A wool loving kid, you must be so proud!

  3. Jules says:

    Lucky you, having such a beautiful mill nearby… but what i want to know is what you’re going to do with that bag of yarn ;)

  4. HI! I saw you favorited my Tweet Friday night as I squirmed anxiously, waiting for the Spinnery Girls to share their story. What fun to have a mill so close by? A road trip is in order… though I did get a skein of yarn to hold me over until then…
    I loved the photos in your post above, and the tuckered out little runner, with his hand caressing the yarn, as he dropped off to sleep!