Spinning Wheel Inspector, reporting for duty!

February 5th, 2010  |  Published in Babbling

Wow! I had the greatest time the other night when I drove down south to look at a spinning wheel for somebody on Ravelry.

Scandinavian SlantyFirst off, I know, spinning wheel. What’s with the spinning wheel on a spindle blog? I seem to have been bitten with the antique spinning wheel bug (don’t worry, it seems to be compatible with the spindle bug!). I bought a sweet Scandinavian slanty wheel last month after those evil enablers in the Ravelry Antique Spinning Wheel group linked to an online ad. I looked. My heart went pitty-pat.

CPW Drive WheelTurns out there’s a Canadian Production Wheel group, as well. Have you seen the CPWs with that gorgeous hardware (especially the treadles!)? There was one for sale in the area. A couple of not-in-the-area people were interested in it, so I offered to go look at it and see whether it was spinnable. That’s where the Wow! comes in!

CPW with hardware!Do you know how much fun it is to kluge a footman (photo mat, paper punch, and string…really, it worked!), tie on a drive band, figure out how to tension the drive band…and then stare at the wheel when your yarn doesn’t wind on? And then realize that the bobbin isn’t spinning all that freely on the flyer shaft…so you clean off untold number of years of greasy gunk from the shaft? And then finally spin on a real live antique spinning wheel? Go. Do it. And don’t blame me when you get bit by the antique spinning wheel bug.

I have a new calling: Roaming Spinning Wheel Inspector.

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