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  • knitting1105 7:56 pm on April 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Spinning wheel   

    Quid pro Quo 

    My new spinning wheel arrived late Friday afternoon.


    I was so excited that I had to put it together that night, all by myself.  The directions were good, but not for someone who has no understanding of the basics of a spinning wheel design.

    A beautiful cherry wheel with a natural tung oil finish, which will fit nicely into my house…

    Legs into the main frame of the wheel…

    tying the foot pedals to the wheel

    And attaching the mother board, but not backwards!  Thanks for photos on the internet:

    then the finishing touches…

    And threading the string for a double-drive, even though I have never owned a double-drive wheel (the pedal spins both the wheel and the bobbin at the same time)

    She is a beauty, and I will have to slowly learn how to maneuver her.  It is a bit like giving a 10-year-old who knows the rudiments of driving a Ferrari to take out for a spin.  I will get the hang of it, but time is needed.  Love the shadows on the wall in her resting place.

    A Jensen original!  The exact wheel that I test drove at the Wisconsin Sheep & Wool Festival last September.

    • Lisa 8:09 pm on April 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful! Now that was one I didn’t test drive! Congrats!


    • knitting1105 8:11 pm on April 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks! Boy you are a quick follower!


    • Diane 8:50 pm on April 22, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Beautiful wheel–I know it has found the right home.


    • Sheila 10:09 am on April 23, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      Keats had it right…”A thing of beauty is a joy forever”. Nice job, Frances!


    • agujasblog 7:18 pm on April 27, 2012 Permalink | Reply

      She’s a beauty! Let us know how you like it. I just starting spinning on a drop spindle and so much want a wheel. All suggestions welcome!


  • knitting1105 2:23 pm on April 29, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Ashford joy, , Spinning wheel   

    Spinning to Go 

    I was prepared to talk about socks that I have been struggling with, when these packages came in today’s mail:

    The small package was the last shipment from Kimber Baldwin’s As the Whorl Turns fiber club.  I love the multicolored roving.

    And the BIG box was the Ashford Joy traveling spinning wheel that I purchased.  Used, it is claimed to be only 1-year-old.  It seems in very good shape.  Came with the traveling bag also, apparently this is compact enough to fit in the overhead compartment on airplanes, although I would be nervous about people trying to cram their full-size suitcases in alongside it.

    and it is spinning like a dream.  Now I can go almost anywhere with my spinning.

    • Mimi 12:31 pm on May 3, 2011 Permalink | Reply

      Awesome! I could totally see how you would come dangerously close to snapping a hammy with this 🙂 It would be very hard to curb one’s enthusiasm. Make sure to do lots of stretching 🙂


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