The music of the wheel

Music and spinning do go together, don't they? All the rhythmic foot-tapping just cries out for a tune. One of the most well-known is probably Albert Ellmenreich's early 19th century "Spinning Song," a simple little air that all children who take piano lessons learn eventually. Go on YouTube and you'll find any number of videos of ten-year-olds earnestly doing their stuff, urged on by proud parents with a camera.

The folks at Kromski and their North American distributor, New Voyager, are so tuned into this. Their extensive line of spinning wheels, imported from Poland, are lyrically named Mazurka, Polonaise, Symphony, Minstrel, Sonata, Fantasia, and Prelude—a full range of different styles and sizes.

The latest, just announced this holiday season, is the Interlude. Now, if you know your musical terminology, you know that an interlude is a short bit between longer parts, providing a change of pace. But it also implies a moment of calm, a moment to reflect. That's a lovely thought for this time of year, isn't it?

The Kromski Interlude is a Saxony style wheel, single drive, single treadle. Straightforward but gracefully traditional. You can get a jumbo flyer with it, but if you want to spin that kind of yarn, maybe you should wait for the Aria. (Just kidding.) I like to spin to music, but the tempo needs to match what I'm doing. Legato for long draw, allegro for short forward draw, and so forth. How about you?

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