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Saturday, August 19, 2006

spinning for sanity

no wait, that's sorta already been taken ;-)

taking the betty roberts out for a spin. wow, what a lovely workhorse she is. i was lucky enough to get this wheel secondhand (thanks phoebe!). it is a fascinating wheel, there are 2 wheels, a large 28" outer wheel, and a small 15" inner wheel. you can spin on either wheel by means of an ingenious sliding flyer setup.

please check out the photos of the walnut wheel on phoebe's page. for some ungodly reason, i cannot get blogger to upload photos and it's driving me bonkers.

the wheels are both inset with flowers, butterflies, and mushrooms all set in a green resin.

be prepared to wipe the drool off your chin if you go to the betty roberts spinning wheel yahoo group and look at all the photos.

firesong fibers no website bluefaced leicester lavender fields.

bobbin #1

bobbin #2

all was going swimmingly til i got to bobbin #3, something was not right, it wasn't taking up. took the bobbin off the flyer, it was sticking slightly. i remembered judith mackenzie saying that sometimes new schacht bobbins do this, and you need to ream out the hole.

hmm, took my handy dandy reamer (usually used for reaming out the hole in a nantucket basket base for the ivory plug).

then i grabbed tom's gun cleaning kit, used the small brass bristle bush to clean any small pieces out. worked like a charm :-)

saturday sky for sandy.

we have beautiful huge pine trees in our front yard, the 2 on the ends have just died and we need to have them cut down. we lost 2 last spring. i am afraid there is some sort of beetle infestation, and worry that they will all be gone. the wind makes a lovely sound when it whistles through the pine needles.


Blogger Alison said...

Very pretty BFL!

9:33 PM  
Blogger Marina said...

The Bluefaced Leicester looks gorgeous spun up. What are you going to do with it?

8:35 AM  
Anonymous Cheryl said...

What lovely singles! And that wheel! I had no idea you could use two drive wheel sizes on that! Amazing.

9:16 AM  
Blogger Cathy said...

You didn't mention THAT wheel on the phone the other day. It's gorgeous. I see the stepson's ex could come in handy since she already knows how to break in.... what's her #? ducking and running...


Love the BFL - what are you going to do with it?

10:57 AM  
Blogger Beth S. said...

Oh my goodness. What treasures those wheels are! The double wheel is an either-or thing, right? For lots of possible ratios?

2:40 PM  
Blogger cindy said...

Yes...those bobbins can be a pain...but you very handily fixed it!! Love your singles...

10:51 PM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Those wheels are amazing! Love the colors of your BFL.

7:31 AM  
Blogger cyndy said...

That walnut wheel is stunning...and the BFL looks beautiful (loved the gun cleaning kit tip!)

8:10 AM  
Blogger Teyani said...

You got Betty Roberts wheel??? oh my - congratulations !! I saw one last June and my jaw was on the floor, awestruck by its beauty. Does it spin as beautifully as it looks? that would be incredible, since it is one of the most beautiful wheels made.

10:19 AM  
Anonymous peggyspins said...

Hey Vanessa!
Thanks for mentioning the "Spinning Wheels by Betty Roberts" Yahoo Group on your 8/21 post. That's getting the word out! Your mention inspired at least 3 new members to join the group! Isn't the blog world wonderful? When Tayani commented that she saw a Betty wheel last June, it was probably at the NWRSA Conference in Tacoma, and it was either my wheel or Rebecca's or both that she saw! Peggy

12:08 PM  
Blogger jenknits said...

Oh that BFL is so pretty and you are such an awesome spinner! Are you in love with your Betty Roberts?

3:22 PM  

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