The Gift of Time



Maggie Wallace spun this skein from corriedale on a Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel. We give Maggie A+ for her clever tag.

We are packing up the entries for our I Made It on My Schacht Contest. It is time to get things returned to their respective owners, but I’ve felt a certain spirit around the office surrounded by yarn and weaving from weavers and spinners across the country and even the sea. It’s sad, like sending an old friend off, to see these things go.

One area of the exhibit that cheers me every day is our display of children’s weaving and skeins, which we accompanied with photos and stories. I like the engagement I see in their photos, and their stories mostly concern how a special adult in their lives taught them to weave or spin. I can’t help but think how lucky these kids are to have someone who took the time to share their special skill with them. As much as I’d like for each and every one of these young people to become a weaver or spinner, I know they all won’t. But what I do know is that they’ve had memorable experience, a unique time, an opportunity. Somehow this seems mighty powerful. I thank all the adults in these kid’s lives for finding the time to make their entries possible.

I’m photographing all of the pieces and will post a show of the exhibit on our website sometime in late January.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.