How rediculously old fashioned a spinning wheel seems to be to my generation and those following. I can’t get my head around the fact these were still being used in some rural areas after I was born and yet today we have instant everything. All our clothing is made abroad in the cheapest manufacturing centres around the developing countries. The garments are mostly excellent quality – which is incredible when we know for sure that the price paid to the piece worker for each will be so negligible that you wouldn’t be able to see it. So different from the pre machinery days when every scrap of fleece, animal skin, body part etc were used to the absolute max. Nothing on a sheep was wasted at all if there was any possible use for it – and the fleeces were much prized. The owners of the spinning wheels in any community were the desired neighbours to have! The wool staple was a much appreciated award in any village.