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tashabear
tashabear
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It's been a good weekend -- my last one where I get to be slug-like for a while.

My spinning wheel came to my parent's house on Friday. (Oh, frabjous day!) I was on my way to go pick it up, and I needed to stop at the auto parts store to get some oil. I put some into the appropriate orifice of my car, and was getting ready to go, when the hood wouldn't shut. There was something wrong with the latch. I bought some WD-40 and sprayed it down... still no dice. The auto parts store is about a block and half from the house, so I went home, and Wolfie fiddled with it for a little while, before I shooed him off to band practice. I figured he could take me down to my parent's house afterwards and we could pick it up together.

So when we got to Mom and Dad's, I could see the box through the back door, with a picture of my beeyooteeful Mazurka on the front, AND THE DOOR WAS LOCKED!! I grabbed the spare key and let myself in, but... it was locked! And I could see my wheel! The very nerve...

So we grabbed the wheel, and boogied home, where I assembled it while Wolfie went for Chinese food. It went together easily; once I had the parts in front of me, rather than trying to figure out what they were from photos, it was simple. Putting it together realLy helped me learn how it worked too.

So far, I've spun up almost an entire bobbin of yarn. I don't know how to set it up to ply; seems as if when I spin clockwise, the whorl comes unscrewed from the flyer, so I'll have to ask about that. I'm sure it's something simple that I've not figured out yet.

I'm almost out of Colonial. I'm going to have to start buying fiber by the pound! I can't wait to be able to spin to knit or weave. I have this wild hair that I'll be able to card weave trim for my wedding dress and Wolfie's tunic. From handspun? Mayyyybe... dunno yet. We'll see if I can spin silk on the thing.

Urk... s'late. Sleep now.

i feel: content content

2 trips or shoot the rapids
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s2go From: s2go Date: May 5th, 2003 07:16 am (UTC) (base camp)

Ok, so once you got the wheel set up, was it pretty straight forward when it came to spinning the fiber? I'm just afraid that I'm going to get a wheel and find out that I have no idea what to do with it. I've watched other people spin on wheels and it looks fairly logical. I guess I'm just intimidated.
tashabear From: tashabear Date: May 5th, 2003 02:01 pm (UTC) (base camp)
Well, I've been spinning with a drop spindle since August, so I have a good idea of what my end result is supposed to look like, and I subscribed to a number of spinning lists, and have absorbed the technique tips like a sponge. And at the risk of sounding arrogant, I seem to have a knack for it.

On the other hand, I never said that the yarn at the beginning of the bobbin looked anything like what I wanted it to look like...

And on the other other hand, my wheel came with a video that covers assembling and using it. I watched it after I'd put it together using the helpful written instructions, and watched the part about spinning while I was doing so, but for a newbie, it's very useful.
2 trips or shoot the rapids