While at the cabin, we went to this lovely mountain farm. Valbjør gard is situated in the hills high above Vågåmo and the green Lake Vågå, amongst beautiful mountains. The oldest house on the farm date back to the Middle Ages, the others are from the 16th-18th century. There were even people living there as far back as the Viking Age. Today, the farm has sheep and goats, all managed ecologically. I got to talk to an elderly woman who sat outside doing handspinning. She was born on the farm, and had lived there most of her life. I enjoyed talking to her so much.
There was no doubt she had spun yarn before. The way she handled the hand carders, then easily spun the yarn onto the spinning wheel was so impressive (please forgive me if my terminology is inaccurate on this subject, this is a whole new world to me). I have admired handspun yarns seen on various blogs the past years, but never felt the urge to try it myself. I do have a spinning wheel, though. It was my grandmother's - the one with all the buttons - and it seems to be in pretty good shape. It's an Ashford traditional, and I only need to get hold of some bobbins to get started. And I will. I loved watching that old woman creating yarn, and I'd really like to try it myself.