I was spinning quite a bit this weekend and mostly having a fantastic time with it. Have I mentioned yet that I learned to long draw?
It's really good. I foresee spinning that results in yarn that results in sweaters in my future.
But when I was winding off a bobbin for storage, it kept catching, changing speeds a bit and snapping the single - which is a drag and seriously annoying, but also kinda weird. Haven't had this kind of trouble since very early in my relationship with both spinning and the bobbin winder, and admittedly long draw is new...but the first bobbin went great. So what the fuck? And then I noticed this flapping around the whorl:
Which would be two of the three plies of the drive band coiling loose around their remaining friend.
I had company this weekend and my whimpers drew her attention. "So make a new one."
"I don't have any string."
You. Don't. Have. Any. String.
Ok fine, you stroppy cow, I have lots and lots of string, but none of the tight cotton cord that would work for this. You want I should use merino?
"Well, what do you make drive bands out of?"
"It's never come up."
Which lead to more mocking and hilarity. (Only in this very particular social circle would never having tied a drive band be a cause for amused derision. We are odd, by the way.) But truthfully - I have a Victoria and a Suzie, both of which use those stretchy bands, and I have two production wheels, one of which spent a considerable amount of time in rehab this year - and could use a new band, now that I think of it. And this one, which I have owned for exactly a year and which has just worn out its first band.
So I went into the kitchen and got my coat and bag - still wearing the tank top and sweatpants that are de riguer for Sunday afternoon spinning - and stood by the couch.
"We're going to the store."
"My tea is hot."
"You can make more."
"Can I put on real pants?"
And she looked at me. "I know, only if I do it fast."
She paused to ask me a question as she went upstairs and I looked at her and said only "Wheel DOWN!"
So now I have a drive band and a spool of suitable cord for future incidents, which is a comfort, it is. And some singles I am pretty pleased with.
I can't believe she wanted to drink tea at a time like that. Honestly. (I did have my vengeance though. She showed me a pattern she was taken with - it's very good - and I had unbeatably better yarn in the stash for it. It was sweet.)
I did discover something fun this weekend - buy six bottles of wine (see, not a completely awful hostess) and Wegman's gives you this cute little shopping tote. Clearly a sign I need to drink more. Because I need to reuse this. It's the right thing to do.