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April 9, 2006 Hand Spinning
N. Walker

The lady is demonstrating how spinning was done before advent of the spinning wheel 500+ years ago. A small flywheel is attached to a spindle with a hook on top. In this case the flywheel is a surplus CD. A strand of wool is pulled from a wool ball and attached to the spindle hook. With the spindle suspended by the wool strand, the spindle is given a quick twist. The CD flywheel keeps it spinning for a while the lady slowly feeds more wool as it twists. Lo and behold she quickly has a long wool thread suitable for weaving. The kids are obviously getting an eye full. Unfortunately, it takes many threads to weave enough cloth for a pair of pants. At $10 per hour the pants would cost the price of a house.