Summer Spinning

The new Jenkins Woodworking website is close to publishing. After months of building, photo sessions, set-backs, frustration and bumbling my way around the launch date is around the corner. The website I’d been working on through May and June showed its limitations only after most of the information had been entered, yanking the rug out from under me. Crawling, once again, through myriad web-host reviews one caught my attention that not only offered a free webhosting, with option for paying for more bells & whistles – the annual pro fee is very reasonable and has the capability to take it to the next level, as well as offering the quirky variables that our website needs, and  a set-up that makes building an ecommerce website easy for a non-techie person. All but the final page is finished and I’ve been working on getting the domain name and email set-up properly, which includes having the Jenkins woodworking domain pointing to the correct host.

We’re also changing the name to one which is more pertinent and much quicker to type.
We hope it’s a good move – please comment here with your opinions.

The new name? (not online yet)

Other than working endless hours on a new website as well as handling the day to day business, what have we been up to in the month of July?



Babysitting Violet every Thursday. (Ed watched her all by himself from 7:30 – 4:30 this past Thursday when I was away from home. Good man! He even changed some very soiled diapers.)

Spinning. Lots of spinning. Daily, to the point that there was no time left for checking in at Ravelry. Will do so this evening and tally the people who spun while exercising then use a random number generator for drawing the spindle winners.

Almost daily gardening (food type of gardening).

Dying cherries from our pie cherry tree. Ed’s not a huge fan of cherry pies so they get dried to use in baking and on hot cerea.
Spinning. Finishing spinning the 198 grams of merino/camel fiber Ed gave me for my birthday. The three singles were each spun as fingering weight on the wheel.  The resulting worsted/bulky 3-ply yarn was  too much for the wheel so one evening was spent plying it  using my Navajo spindle.
ca 230 yards. Not sure what it will become.



Trying to keep ahead of the weeds and deter the deer. Two ongoing battles. (Picture taken Mid – July)

Picking blueberries.

Lots of spinning. Evenings were spent spinning with wheel and spindles.









Time to go outside with the wheel for some relaxing spinning and enjoy this mildly warm day – only 73F here.


Author: Wanda J

I never dreamed my life would be entangled with fiber and the tools used to produce fibery items. When I bought a boat shuttle used in weaving Ed looked at it, decided to make a better one and the rest is history. For a decade he made shuttles, crochet hooks, knitting needles, until his spindles became so popular that he had to devote his time to making them, as well as Walking Wheels. Free time is spent reading, trying to coax food from the ground, and playing in the creek near our place. I love long walks and camping far from crowds. Playing a fiddle beside a stream or with good friends brings sweetness to my soul. Sundays are set aside for worshiping God with our small Quaker meeting.

6 thoughts on “Summer Spinning”

  1. You always build such pretty cops on your spindles! They’re works of art in and of themselves.

    I like – it’s short, clear, descriptive (at least to some extent), and applies to all of your products. Good choice!

  2. Beautiful, just beautiful!
    Berries, babies, planters and plies.
    We’ve been running in the 90’s.
    I have been doing more spindle spinning, mostly for my malachite gem shawl.
    Finished a Equinox shawl.
    No garden this year…..and waiting for grandchild #4 due any day!
    I will send some photos soon!
    Glad that web site will so be a maintainance thing and not a creation thing!
    On to August!

  3. My pole beans got eaten by earwigs this year. They rushed out every night to chomp my poor plants when they were barely out of the ground. Your lovely granddaughter seems to have her eye on the fruit above her head. Enjoy her and your spinning! Oh, and a comment on the weather. You are blessed to have cooler temperatures. We are sweating here with extreme heat and humidity that never seems to end.

  4. Lovely coral colors on those last skeins! There was a bag of cherries in the fridge I had forgotten about, not so long that they were good only for the compost bin but too many to eat in good time, so I decided to bake a cherry crisp. Very tasty with some vanilla ice cream! I’m not overly fond of cherries, for some reason; a far prefer strawberries and rhubarb. The website is lovely, and technology is never as easy as one assumes. Enjoy the corn, which is so yummy slathered in butter and pepper!

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