Tuesday, July 22, 2014

There's nothing like....

....4 ounces of fun fiber and some creative flyer lacing when it comes to getting to know a new wheel.
This is the result of last night's spinning on the Orkney. We worked our way through 4 ounces of multi-purple polwarth roving. Started off a bit rough but once I decided to utilize hooks from both sides of the flyer there was no more pulling of fiber. Treadling became easier as the bobbin filled. The last quarter of roving saw the hooks being used on one side of the flyer only. Spinning on her became pleasurable and I look forward to filling many, many more bobbins with her.

Spinning on the Alpha was a pleasure as always. He's so gentle and spins a nice single. We worked our way through 3 1/2 ounces of Suri. Didn't spin it all though. Wanted to save a bit for tonight's spinning on the back porch.
I use a wrist distaff when spinning on the Alpha. Makes it so much easier especially since I like to lounge in my hammock while I spin.

A lovely way to start a new day.....


  1. Your new Haldane wheel is lovely, you did a great job staining her. I've replaced drive bands with string, you can use string and switch to scotch tension to lighten the take up on her.

  2. Thank you. I've been spinning on her quite a bit and things are breaking in very nicely. She is still set up for double drive. The pulling has lessened and there is no need for creative lacing of the flyer. She's a joy to spin on. :)