Tuesday, February 11, 2014

It Just Happened

I totally didn't mean to do it, but you would have done the same thing, if you were me!  It all started when I happened to check Craigslist, just for giggles you know.  (I really should stop doing that!)  There she was, one of the spinning wheels I have been keeping and eye out for, one of the early tilt tension wheels made in Canada in the mid 1850's and 60's, by Jeremie Ouellet.

 The price was right on, thought the pictures were not the greatest.  I called this morning to see if the wheel was still available, and it was.  I roped Lou Ann into going with me after weaving.  We set off for a quick trip to the mountains about 1 hour away.  We only had to call the seller once when I wasn't sure which driveway I should take.

We were warmly welcomed by Tommy and Paula, and we sat and chatted for an hour before we even got around to talking about the wheel!  They had bought it a couple of years ago at an auction, and had admired it since then, though neither of them spin!  We finally got around to discussing the wheel, and they asked me if I wanted to try it out.  Of course I did!  They already had a drive band on, and I had brought some roving to use.

I found the bobbin stiff on the mandrel and the yarn was a little sluggish on the uptake, but I think that will be fairly easy to take care of.  I know some tricks!

Tomorrow it is supposed to snow a lot in the valley, if it does, I know what I am going to be doing all afternoon.

Until next time, Happy Spinning and Weaving, Tina

1 comment:

  1. What a fun trip....and a beautiful wheel, too!!!!