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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”’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!

12 Comments leave one →
  1. September 25, 2013 3:44 am

    Thats fascinating, you learn something everyday. Love the scarf


  2. 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.


    • 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.


  3. 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?


    • 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.


  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!


  5. 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!


    • 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?


  6. 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.


    • 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.


  7. 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.


    • 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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