Spinning Tales and Wheels

You’ve probably noticed that I haven’t been blogging about any knitted garments recently and that’s because I’ve been quite busy spinning. Yes, I’m in the spinning mood and have four wheels on the go with different spinning projects. Plus, of course, I do have a number of knitting projects on the go too!

I’ve recently finished this Ixchel Bunny Fibres‘ blend called Don’t You Want Me Baby. It’s plied with a beautiful gold metallic thread and I’ve made a gorgeous shawl with this yarn which I’ll show you very soon.

Dont You Want Me Baby 01 Dont You Want Me Baby 03This stunning Ixchel Bunny Fibres’ blend called Peacock in a Pear Tree is currently on my Sickinger wheel. I love the glitz that Charly adds to her blends as they make each spinning project ‘pop’.

Peacock in a Pear Tree 01I recently sold this Black Bunny Tops from Ixchel Bunny Fibres to a friend who is going to use it in a weaving project. It’s plied with a grey thread.

Black Bunny Tops Silver Grey 01This is 100% merino in the colourway Desert.

Desert 01I absolutely love this Ixchel Bunny FibresMagic Bunny blend!

Ixchel Blue Green Apricot 076And here it is plied, skeined and in a cake 🙂

Ixchel Blue Green Apricot 01 I’m knitting a shawl with this beautiful rainbow blend. I’ve had to take a few photos so you can see all the lovely colours.

Rainbow 05Rainbow 01 Rainbow 02 This next colourway is not usually one I would select, however, the red and orange were so vibrant I couldn’t resist. It’s another Ixchel Bunny Fibres‘ blend called Sunset on Mars.

Sunset on Mars 01Sunset on Mars 02I had a sliver of red merino so I spun it and plied it with the Sunset on Mars and it looks a treat!

Sunset on Mars 05 Sunset on Mars 06Stunning isn’t it?

Sunset on Mars 13 Sunset on Mars 16So as you can see, even though I haven’t been showing you many knitted garments lately, I certainly haven’t been idle 🙂

I’ve also been visiting the Opp Shops a bit and managed to acquire a few more goodies which I’ll show you soon plus I’ve just picked up another two spinning wheels. One is an Ashford Traveller. I sold my previous one but when I saw this one on Gumtree for $50 I couldn’t resist. It came with some books and the red sliver of merino. It’s just missing two bobbins which I can easily pick up 🙂

Ashford Traveller 06 Ashford Traveller 07 Ashford Traveller 08The other spinning wheel I picked up is a Sleeping Beauty Thumbelina but I need to get a part made before it is functional.

Well that’s all my news for now!

Until next time…

Melanie

 

 

A Stash of Seven Spinning Wheels

Yikes I’ve bought two more spinning wheels within the last week! I’ve actually bought three within the last couple of months but I sold one of them. In December I found this lovely Little Peggy spinning wheel for sale on Ebay and I won the bidding at $101.

Little Peggy 1

It had been nicely restored and was a good find. As I already have a Little Peggy I decided to sell this one and managed to get $200 for it. This little one even came with the original threading hook which I didn’t have so I kept her!

Last Saturday I bought this Ettrick Standard on Gumtree for $100.

Ettrick Wheel 04

I used my magic concoction of 50% boiled linseed oil and 50% pure gum turps to give her a quick clean and polish and she looks beautiful now!

Ettrick Wheel 05

That little hole is for the threading hook which I have got…just forgot to put it back before I took the photo!

Ettrick Wheel 07

Here it is!

Ettrick Wheel 19

The treadle/footman had a bit of dodgy string so I’ve since used some leather to fix it up.

Ettrick Treadle Footman join

And today I picked up this Ashford Traditional plus some accessories that I won on Ebay for $51.

Ebay pic

A bargain considering it includes two hand carders plus the Lazy Kate (and four bobbins). There was also the original user manual plus some other printed spinning literature.

Ebay pic 02

As soon as I got home I gave her a nice coating of my magic concoction and she came up a treat.

Ashford Traditional No 2 01

The leather piece that joins the footman and treadle had completely broken however the previous owner had also given me some pieces of leather so I fashioned a new one and voila!

Ashford Traditional No 2 05

Luckily I had an Ashford maintenance kit as I had to replace all the hooks, spring, drive belt and I also have a nice new threading hook too!

Ashford Traditional No 2 02

I was going to on-sell this little wheel as I already have an Ashford Traditional however I’m quite smitten with the colour of this one so I’ll hang on to her for a while I think.

Ashford Traditional No 2 06

I’m quite happy with these two bargains within the last week.

Ashford Traditional No 2 09

I now have two Ashford Traditionals, one Ashford Traveller, one Little Peggy, one Wee Peggy, one Tarra Carousel and one Ettrick Standard. Seven spinning wheels you’re no doubt thinking. I know! I know! I’m crazy aren’t I? I mean you can only use one at a time can’t you?

L to R: Spinning chair, Ashford Traveller and Tarra Carousel.

7 Wheels 01

L to R: Little Peggy, Wee Peggy, Ettrick Standard, new Ashford Traditional, my first ever spinning wheel – Ashford Traditional.

7 Wheels 02

L to R: Ettrick Standard and two Ashford Traditionals.

7 Wheels 03

L to R: Little Peggy, Wee Peggy and Ettrick Standard.

7 Wheels 04

Now I need to get cracking and start using them all. I know I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again….there are just not enough hours in the day.

I think my new mantra should be “I will not look at Ebay and Gumtree, I will not look at Ebay and Gumtree…..” What do you think?

Until next time…

Melanie

A Stunning Ashford Traveller Spinning Wheel

Most of my friends know how much I hate driving. I think I’d rather do some housework than drive; that’s how much I hate it. Which leads me to my recent driving feat this  week of over 100 kilometres in round trips to pick up two spinning wheels. Now that’s an obsession isn’t it? The first trip was to pick up a wheel and chair from Logan Village which I’ll blog about in a future post when the wheel is cleaned up. The spinning wheel I am going to show you today is the most stunning wheel I’ve seen and certainly the most cared for wheel I have bought. I picked her up from The Gap yesterday. The previous owner is to be commended on her fastidious love and care of this wheel. All I had to do was give her a quick rub with a dusting cloth and voila she was perfect. There is not even a skerrick of rust on any of her metal parts either.

It also happens to be my sixth working wheel. What?? I can hear you all screaming out! Yes, I now have six spinning wheels and living in a townhouse has called for some ingenious furniture placement I might add! The biggest decision I have is to decide which one to use!

This is my latest addition…..the stunningly beautiful Ashford Traveller.

Ashford Traveller 01

Isn’t she beautiful and doesn’t she gleam?

Ashford Traveller 02

I love her colour too….it’s sort of a rosewood/claret or maybe someone out there will know the correct colour finish.

Ashford Traveller 03

Ashford Traveller 04

Ashford Traveller 05

Ashford Traveller 07

Ashford Traveller 08

I love the built in lazy kate…

Ashford Traveller 10

She even came with a niddy noddy…

Niddy Noddy 01

And I am assuming this is the name of the previous owner that is carved into the niddy noddy…

Niddy Noddy 02

To me, one of the signs of really caring for something is keeping all the original bits and pieces and paperwork. Well the former owner of this wheel certainly did that. I also received a copy of the assembly instructions…

Instructions Page 1

Instructions Page2

Plus an Ashford book about spinning…

Ashford Book

Plus a couple of Ashford leaflets…

Ashford Leaflet

Ashford Leaflet 02

And of course, the threading hook which invariably always gets lost but not in this case!

Threading Hook

I absolutely love this little wheel and I am going to care for her just as much as her previous owner did.

And to finish, here’s a picture of her with two of her sisters…Little Peggy and Wee Peggy. Don’t they look spectacular lined up together?

Peggies and Traveller

Next week I’ll show you all the pictures of the other spinning wheel I bought and am currently cleaning up. Plus there were some accessories but I will leave you in suspense until my next post. This is a mystery wheel as to date I do not know the manufacturer but have posted a couple of discussions on some spinning wheel group sites and am hoping to find out more about this wheel. Will let you know what eventuates.

Until next time…

Melanie