Now all is a oh-Kaye!
Thursday November 01st 2012, 11:24 pm
Filed under: Family,Friends,LYS,Spinning

Kaye at Purlescence messaged me: my spinning wheel was done! My Ashford Traditional, the one that has been broken so many times, so many ways, the one that was the better wheel I always used, even after it fell out of the back of my minivan and broke the flyer and maiden (always seatbelt them in), even after a kid tripped over it and broke the replacement flyer (and I had to buy the whole maiden assembly again for $120 from somewhere else, just before Purlescence came to be.)

It never did work well after that last time: it wobbled so hard that at times the thing simply fell apart, the maiden twisting with the vibrations and the bobbin simply falling to the floor.  I had to clean dirty sewing machine oil out of silk. Kinda put a damper on the spinning thing.

This is the third wheel she and Sandi have repaired for me. One, bought at an auction, had never worked at all; they got it going and I sent it happily off to a great home, gratified that after fifteen years it had finally been made to work and it had gone to exactly where it needed to be. That’s why I’d still had it: so they could get it. So worth it now.

The second wheel, an Ashford Traveller, the Purl Girls did a great job on, too.

And once I had that one back I pulled out some merino/silk in a beautiful blue that I’d bought half a dozen years ago from a place that was closing down. Finally I had a wheel that would do it justice again.


The bag was mismarked. Clearly. It was Romney wool or its equivalent: good for making a rug or perhaps felting into a birdhouse, maybe knit straight from the roving, quick and bulky and for baby birds to poop in, but by no means was it worth hours upon hours upon hours.

Did I never put my hand in the ziploc bag before and actually touch the stuff? Boggles the mind.

And it kinda took the wind out of my sails on spinning for the moment.

But then today there was that message. My favorite wheel was repaired, the flyer replaced, the wrong metal part finally gone so that the spindle can lift up, not out, and other than the cup of Welch’s grape juice a then-teenager of mine once tried to balance on the sidebar, graffiti-ing it permanently (hey, Kaye, no need to apologize for not being able to get it out, it’s a bit of family history anyway), the thing is as good as new. At last.

My folks gave me some super-super-fine 90s merino for Christmas one year. Lots of it. After two afghans, there’s still a little more if it around somewhere–and I have my Trad back. Let’s finally put the spin back into that spindyeknit. Been too long.

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Yay!!! If you need a hand getting at that 4th bin down in the closet so you can access your fiber, just let me know. I can’t reach high for you but I can dig down. 🙂

Comment by (formerly) no-blog-rachel 11.02.12 @ 5:46 am

So happy to hear you’re happy!

Comment by Jody 11.02.12 @ 7:25 am

oh cool! can’t wait to see what you spin up — and you’ve got me thinking about pulling my wheel out and having a go at it — just need to find a couple more hours a day!

Comment by Bev 11.02.12 @ 7:50 am

Yay! I’m glad your old friend got a make-over and is back home again. Happy spinning. Maybe I’ll spin this evening too. It’s been too long.

Comment by Channon 11.02.12 @ 8:15 am

Did you read about Judith Mckenzie’s studio? The art center where she is an artist in residence burned to the ground. She lost so much. Stephanie P-McP blogged about it today.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 11.02.12 @ 8:23 am

The househusband wants to learn to spin. Now, what? I have a lot of honeydoo things for him, not a new hobby!

Comment by Sherry in Idaho 11.02.12 @ 8:53 am

Oh, so g o o d to have beloved equipment in working condition! With or without grape juice of any brand.

Comment by Don Meyer 11.02.12 @ 8:58 am

Can hardly wait to see what follows you home from your first spin on your old friend.

Comment by Ruth 11.02.12 @ 3:45 pm

I am so excited to have you as a spinning buddy, as well as a knitting buddy! Have fun!

Comment by twinsetellen 11.02.12 @ 7:33 pm

Hmmm – I sold my wheel, but still have some fiber that needs a new home. Happy spinning to you.

Comment by Anne 11.03.12 @ 9:12 am

Good enough for baby birds to poop in eh? 🙂

Comment by kmom 11.03.12 @ 7:15 pm

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