My hubby is a craigslist addict and he always finds the neatest stuff. This August, (on my birthday amazingly), he showed me a wheel he had found. I had the unique opportunity to try some Fricke wheels at the Oregon Flock & Fiber festival last fall and I completely fell in love with them. My dream wheel was a Fricke DT160 with a Woolee Winder. Lo and behold it was on Craigslist and much cheaper than a new one. They are rarely for sale so I emailed the poster figuring it was long gone and she still had it. After some creative financing I am the proud owner of a very pretty Fricke DT160 with a Woolee Winder and 4 bobbins. The owner also threw in a standing skein winder. I Love my new wheel................
This wheel is awesome to spin on and is so versatile. The woolee winder is great too as you can just spin and not have to stop to change hooks on the flyer. I have been trying to spin every chance I get and have taken this wheel to a couple of fairs to have something to do and get something done at the same time. This is what I am working on at the moment. It is some soft wool roving I want to make some socks with.
Here is some of the yarn I have spun so far.
I need to rinse them and set the twist but it will have to warm up here first as I like to hang the yarn outside to dry. The multi colored yarn is Natural Colored Romney dyed with easter egg dye and the lavender is white Romney I dyed with landscape dye. I am handcarding the lavender wool into rolags and spinning it woolen, then navajo plying it to bulky weight. I want to use it to make a lace tunic pattern that is in the book "French Girl Knits" I have a long way to go but slowly but surely it will get there.
I belong to some fiber groups on Yahoo and a few months ago there was a post about shopgoodwill.com. This is a great site to find stuff. Goodwill stores across the country post items and they sell auction style similar to ebay. I check it every so often just to see what they have. A couple of weeks ago they had a Ashford Traditional Wheel in Spokane, WA. There was only one bid for $5. The wheel is missing some parts but I kept an eye on it. I ended up getting the wheel for $13. I figured that even if it was warped it would still have some usable parts I could use on my other Ashford Traddy. I found a ride home for the wheel and it is a really nice wheel. It is an older traddy like my first wheel, lacquered and sturdy. I would like to replace the missing parts with a jumbo flyer and use it for plying. It will work great for my 4-H kids to learn on.
I dont have these wheels named yet so if there are any ideas please send a comment. Maybe I will have a contest for a skein of yarn for the best names........ Stay tuned.
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