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pop goes the weasel!

September 24, 2013

you never know what will turn up at “show and tell”

a member of the Victoria guild brought this wonderful piece of equipment last week

equipment 052

what is it?

a clock reel or spinner’s weasel

a skein winder with a gearing system that measures yarn length equipment 051

generally 2 yards to a rotation, 40 turns equals 80 yards

when set correctly the mechanism makes a loud POP when the 40 turns are completed

the inspiration for the folk song “Pop goes the weasel”

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/spinner’s_ weasel

the verse I remember from my childhood is;

A penny for a spool of thread

A penny for a needle –

That’s the way the money goes

Pop! goes the weasel.

…and working on my handspun stash

spinning 198

another scarf/shawl is finished

the fibres are silk, wool and a silk/cashmere blend

that led to even smaller amounts of yarn

spinning 200

good for weavette flowers

in preparation for November’s studio tour

the stash does not appear to be shrinking!

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  1. September 24, 2013 2:18 pm

    Beautiful piece of equipment. I wonder how they made that wooden gear. I think all stashes are prone to clandestine reproduction.

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    • September 24, 2013 2:27 pm

      Kristin – the gear is hand cut just like some on old looms. I swear, my stash reproduces in the night.

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  2. Lorrie Irwin permalink
    September 24, 2013 2:32 pm

    Thank you for that explanation of the old folk song…interesting how many expressions have their origins in textiles.

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    • September 24, 2013 3:03 pm

      Lorrie – there are many different verses to the song. my mom was a sewer so that one must have appealed to her.

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  3. September 24, 2013 4:43 pm

    We always sang your version, except that we sang _that’s the way the monkey goes_. Of course your version makes more sense!

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    • September 24, 2013 5:10 pm

      Alice – my older cousin sang the monkey version to try and scare me. I wonder if the “monkey” is a weaving reference or a part on a loom?

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  4. September 24, 2013 6:17 pm

    i always heard the money…and i think your stash will only shrink if there’s a catastrophe, which i wouldn’t wish on anyone! or you start weaving really really big things!

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  5. September 24, 2013 6:24 pm

    Oh, Jean, that scarf is so gorgeous!!! If no one snaps it up at your sale, I will put my name in for it. The only reason I hesitate at all is that I too have a huge stash and the ability to knit, and that frugal voice in my ear says, “You know, you can make your own.” But will I ever get to it?

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    • September 24, 2013 10:05 pm

      Velma – ok, so it’s really, really BIG things. any ideas?

      Heather – you can come and visit it. you may have lots of time to knit if this weather keeps up.

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  6. September 24, 2013 11:17 pm

    my mother sang it to me , but her version said that’s the way the story goes!
    stashes never ever shrink,ask me about it.

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    • September 25, 2013 7:47 am

      Neki – I love these little snippets of folklore, they hold memories for many people.
      Debbie – textiles and fibre have so many interesting facts/stories to learn.

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  7. September 25, 2013 3:44 am

    Thats fascinating, you learn something everyday. Love the scarf

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