Sunday, May 1, 2011

stop me

I have a serious problem.


I picked up this little beauty Fri night. Sigh... I couldn't resist. It's so cute. And all the accessories for my other wheel fit this wheel. It's portable so I can take it places.

It definitely needs a little TLC. It's a bit rusty. I'm replacing all of the hooks on the flyer and all the bits for the bobbin tension. It also needs a new treadle/footman connector as the current piece of leather flexes and causes the treadle to clunk. I've wiped the wheel down twice with Murphy's oil soap because it was pretty dirty. It's about 3-4 shades lighter now. I'm going to rub it down with some tung oil tomorrow. I de-gunked the orifice. I started scraping it out with a bamboo skewer but had to resort to some alcohol to get it completely clean. All those years of spinning sure does create build-up. It spins fine despite the fact that there is a slight wobble in the wheel which is not surprising for something that is almost 30 years old. I'm looking forward to spinning on it.

This is it. I'm not buying any more wheels. Cross my heart. Pinky swear. You believe me, don't you?

7 comments:

PurlingPirate said...

Oh sure!! I believe you. Just like I will never again buy Socks That Rock.

Monika said...

Hehe!

Louisa said...

You did say you were keeping this one, didn't you? I did warn you that spinning wheels reproduce when you're not looking! I know because there are 5 in my house (6 if you count the teeny book charkha) and I'm quite careful to keep them separated...

Gabrielle said...

Teehee - now don't say that I didn't warn you! It's very addictive and the urge to rescue unloved ones can overwhelm you at any time.

I now have 3 wheels in my front room and 1 that is in pieces out in my husband's workshop.

Lynne said...

And I have a small bridge in NYC to sell right after you find another wheel deal. Good luck avoiding the spinning wheel disease, and I know I have 6.

Robin said...

If you have an old wheel that is feeling neglected and wants a good home with a beginning spinner who will love only it- and never bring in competition please let me know.

yarnpiggy said...

That wheel looks familiar. I wonder why...oh, right: I've got the same one. Have had it for almost three years, in fact. Still don't know how to use it. Maybe you can teach me?
:-)