In the final days before welcoming T home last summer, I opened my 151 g of Ramie top, and started spinning on my painted East European saxony wheel.
This is my first project with Ramie & was love at first spin.
Priorities soon made themselves known. The night that I had given a Lecture on not touching Mom’s tools, I took this wheel and its Ramie up to my studio. The fibre stayed downstairs but it was a pretty vain hope. With everyone under strain family bonding was clearly more important. What I didn’t know then was how long that takes when your child is aged 4, and circumstances are what they are. Sitting at wheels took a back burner as we navigated our long, early parenting days. Others came out but this easiest-to-knock-down wheel was up until just last month.
Small note – It is a crazy peg array. Safety first, and I am not telling anyone to follow this particular flight of fancy.
While she was up & out of dear T’s reach, I saw quite a few questions in Facebook spinning groups about similar wheels. The questions boil down to:
- Should I buy this? A: maybe – do you know what you are looking at; do you like to spin fine?
- Did I make a mistake in buying this? A: it depends; I love mine.
- something something ‘gypsy wheel’… A: no, seriously, all of Eastern Europe
Invariably, 1 or more voices on the thread cry down that these small wheels make you “treadle like a hamster even if it operates.” Well, mine operates and that is not my experience. At all.
The wheel has such a gentle action in terms of the draw-in of the yarn, and the old leather hinges on the treadle bar. It is also an almost wheel-less feeling as I work since she stands below my torso. With the band fitted and at the right angle with the mother-of-all, this is smooth and easy spinning now that my (yes, crazy; do not do) pegs are worn in a bit.
Sometimes, I do need to fiddle with the mother-of-all screw tension. Most times it is fine with my Hempathy yarn band going strong. When running these wheels have a sweet spot of momentum.
We are at around the half-way mark to what experts call the family equilibrium. Supports have come and gone; other supports are tremendous. Not only is this & my Martha wheel now carrying spins-in-progress but I got myself an afternoon away this weekend as a real break.
This top-down to toe-up piece is a March pattern release by Sarah Jordan called Kissing Cousins Socks. It is in a Turtle Purl yarn, Tiberius. The Cheviot wool dyed by Sheepy Time Knits is my ‘Pyrenees Delight’ Tour de Fleece project. It was such a thrill to have my spinning picture featured by Ravelry and this has stayed in my spinning rotation ever since.
Progress and respite. I wish the same for you!