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More spinning FO’s

May 5, 2008 @ 12:29 pm
posted by kris
Filed under: spinning

My growing pile o’ handspun

Pigeonroof Studios superwash merino in Lettuce

Funky Carolina superwash merino in Bright Grapes

Bonkers superwash merino in Dragonfly

I have emerged from spinning land to say hello! I thought my wheel should have a name and I hate the way it is assumed that it is a “she”. I guess like boats are a “she”. Why is this? So I’ve decided that since I am the only female in my household, it should remain so and my wheel is a he. Unlike my husband, he is hard working and does what I tell him to do (I’m kidding, I’m kidding..). The first name that I came up with was “Seamus” – since the wheel is very nautical, he should have a nautical sounding name. And then I thought I should name him “Spike” since I just finished watching Buffy – all 7 seasons of it and Spike is by far my favorite character. How disappointed I was to learn that his accent was fake. So anyhooz, anyone else have any other suggestions?

I have also been thinking of making a carrying case for him, so that I can take him places. I still am working out a design, but I think it’s doable. It is hard because you don’t want to have to remove the legs every time you want to go somewhere. So I think if there is a strap that goes underneath the base and just have the legs stick out or something like that. It won’t protect the wheel very much, but it will make it easy to carry. We’ll see.

There were some kinks that I had to work out

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– there was a squeak in the footman (still is whenever I go counter clockwise) and candle wax helped a lot. Then there was drive band slippage at the knot. I had to retie and pull it tight and then wax that as well. This wheel is so much more complicated than the louet! OK, not SO much more, but there are a lot more adjustments to do. Taking the bobbin off and on is a pain and I haven’t even tried the smaller whorls and different settings. But I think everything is running smoothly and we’re friends.

While I love my new wheel, there are something things about it that I don’t like – changing the bobbin is a pain, the bobbins themselves are small (4oz) and you need a orifice hook. No biggies. I thought about getting a Woolee Winder, but dang those things are expensive! And I don’t think the bobbins are any bigger anyways. If they are, I might seriously consider getting one.

So, here are some spinning FO’s. I am getting one serious pile of handspun and no knitting done!

Comments (15)


Comment by Stacey

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 1:31 pm

I can’t wait to see what these will be knit up – your growing pile is gorgeous!

Comment by Bobbi

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 2:04 pm

They’re beautiful! I especially like the Dragonfly…so yummy!!!

Comment by stacey

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 2:44 pm

those are beautiful!!!!!!!

Comment by jess

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

they are gorgeous, all of them! I really love Lettuce! Yum! (must get back to my wheel, knee injury be damned)

Comment by Erin

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 4:20 pm

They’re awesome!! Have you even slept in the last few days? ROFL

Comment by Sarah

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 6:41 pm

Beautiful, as always. If only I could get my handspun to look that pretty!

Comment by Elemmaciltur

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 7:28 pm

Yes, carrying case for Minstrel!!!!

Comment by kristin

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 8:45 pm

It would be amazing to have a carrying case for my Minstrel. His name is Charlie. I thought that sounded vaguely Polish (and it was my grandpa’s name).

Comment by terhi

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 8:48 pm

Omg, I can’t believe you’ve only just started spinning, everything looks so professional and GORGEOUS.

Comment by loriz

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 11:00 pm

your spinning is quite gorgeous.

Comment by Angie

Made on Monday, May 5th, 2008 @ 11:12 pm

Wow… that is really gorgeous yarn! The colors, the spinning skill…wow. As for a name, why don’t you call him Birl? (or maybe I’d spell it “Burl” or “Burle” for a name) Birling is a Scottish word for spinning — it’s usually used to describe spinning a log with your feet, but hey… spinning is spinning. :)

Comment by Opal

Made on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 @ 12:27 am

You are seriously truckin’ with that wheel of yours. Your handspun is just gorgeous! I can’t wait to see what you do with it. :)

Comment by Zonda

Made on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 @ 4:35 am

Gorgeous handspun!! I especially love the colorway of the last one!

Comment by Shannon

Made on Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

Beautiful, you like like you’ve been spinning for a long time! You are going to have to start selling the stuff or you will drown in handspun yarn!

I’ve thought about getting a woolie winder too and if I get by the initial expense – there is still the cost of extra bobbins. It is about double what a bobbin now costs for my wheel. But I’m not really sure it holds anymore. I’ve always thought the argument was speed and that doesn’t seem to be a sticking point for you! I’m going to wait until I can see one in action somewhere.

Comment by Jennie

Made on Wednesday, May 7th, 2008 @ 7:31 am

Dang girl! You sure can spin some gorgeous yarn. :)

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