31 July 2010

Wool at Valbjør gard


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.

5 comments:

dw said...

This is so incredible, Tora! In Canada, we have very few "old places", as our country is still quite young. Most of the ancient places are just part of nature (maybe that is why we love nature so much?) and there isn't always a marker or some other indication that this is a special place. A "historical building" is typically only 300-400 years old, and there are very few of them. I am AMAZED that you were able to visit a place that you know was inhabited by Vikings! And I so wish I could see it for myself. Maybe one day...

dw said...

Clarification: I realize that these buildings were not actually inhabited by Vikings, I meant the site...

Tora said...

Even though we have lots of places like this in Norway, I'm always fascinated while visiting. You're welcome to visit any time, I'll take you to all the great places!

Ballee said...

You've posted superbe blogposts lately! And about spinning; please, give it a try this winter! It makes me happy and calm. There are a lot of tutorials on YouTube, or sit next to someone who will spin slowely for you.
Have a good summer :)

Tora said...

Thank you, Ballee. I have already made an attempt at handspinning, I'll probably show you the result someday.

One problem with handspinning - and reading all those beloved books - is that it is so not compatible with knitting.. But I will give it another try. Someday.