Sunday, June 10, 2012

the new wheel

Here's a picture of my wheel. I wish I could tell you more about it, but I know very little. It was in a farmhouse before mine, used to spin, and sold at an estate sale. I Iooked all over it for a signature, label, or mark but it seems to have no sign of craftsman or company on it. It's a little mystery. But she spins true, has a great treadle, and is currently residing near the woodstove in the living room.

When I woke up and went downstairs I saw a Turkey poking the glass doors from the deck trying to get inside to see the new "Turkey" inside. And he strutted and fluttered about, showing off for the new wheel. I didn't have the heart to tell him the chances of him getting laid from an antique spinning wheel weren't betting odds. He danced about and hit the glass with his chest repeatedly in sordid attempts at disarming its virtue. I raised a mug of coffee to him.

"I like it, too." I said. And took a long sip.

32 Comments:

Blogger BlueGate said...

Looks to be a single treadle Ashford Traditional.

June 10, 2012 at 7:31 AM  
Anonymous Colleen Vanderlinden said...

The poor turkey! :-) I smiled reading this. Beautiful spinning wheel, too!

June 10, 2012 at 7:40 AM  
Blogger Anke said...

I have one that looks just like it, and it's an Ashford wheel.

June 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

It's an Ashford Traditional wheel, made in NZ. Probably vintage, but the nice thing is you can buy parts if needed! They are very nice wheels, sturdy and don't have many problems. Good buy!

June 10, 2012 at 7:44 AM  
Blogger Jenna said...

UPDATE: It's an Ashford Traditional!

Is that a good thing?

June 10, 2012 at 7:47 AM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

Absolutely a good thing! :)

June 10, 2012 at 7:49 AM  
Blogger Mare said...

Well i like it too! Good for you Jenna!

June 10, 2012 at 8:14 AM  
Blogger Amy said...

Your poor enamored turkey lol I can see why he's in love it's a beautiful wheel~

June 10, 2012 at 8:29 AM  
Anonymous Janet Gordon said...

Whoa! These people know their spinning wheels! Was just going to suggeast you take a visit to the Halcyon catalogues but they know it just from the picture. Get that poor lovelorn and deluded turkey a mate!
Best of luck with your new business.
Janet, your neighbour in the GTreat White North

June 10, 2012 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Elizabeth from the Berkshires said...

I have the same wheel, and it's great. Depending on how old it is, the new Ashford bobbins don't fit. I ended up replacing the whole flyer assembly, because I only had one bobbin, which was not really enough. I'll bring you my old bobbin, and you can have it if it matches. It's a good wheel. :)

June 10, 2012 at 8:54 AM  
Blogger MollyKnits said...

An Ashford Traditional is a great wheel to learn on. Yours appears to be a single drive, single treadle (you can by a kit for a double treadle for about $100). Mine was is a double drive. I recently purchased a Matchless, and I FREAKING LOVE THAT WHEEL. Learning to use a spinning wheel is a bit like learning to rub your tummy and patting your head while walking and chewing gum! I STRONGLY suggest that you do nothing but treadle for the first few days. After that, practice with a really long leader, but no fiber. This will help you get used to the feel of the fiber being taken up. Next, try pencil roving because you don't really need to know how to draft it. It took me about a month to make something that looked like yarn.

June 10, 2012 at 9:18 AM  
Blogger Kristin said...

I love it! Fiber is one more thing I'm going to have to try at some point. I'm trying to get hubby on board with housing rabbits above the broilers in the chicken tractors. Wish me luck!

June 10, 2012 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger seagrrlz said...

Congrats on the wheel! I have a single treadle Ashford as well but it's the Traveller, I believe.

June 10, 2012 at 9:48 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A little less romantic to have a factory made, newish wheel than a hand made antique. But probably easier to learn on. Lots of Ashford info online.

Have fun!

June 10, 2012 at 9:51 AM  
Anonymous Rebecca said...

My mom and I have Ashford Traditionals too; i have a single drive and she has a double drive. I can't tell which yours is from the picture.

Ashford traditionals are one of the most popular wheels in existence; they are still being made in NZ. They come with three speeds, so they're great for beginners, but go fast enough for when you get advanced.

Also, dey be purdy.

June 10, 2012 at 10:17 AM  
Blogger Goat Song said...

Yep, I agree with everyone else; it's an older model Ashford Traditional! :) The traditionals are lovely wheels and they last FOREVER, so you should be good to go! Congrats on getting it!

June 10, 2012 at 10:27 AM  
Blogger PansWife said...

I totally get the turkey silhouette. Hope you have the NYS Sheep & Wool Festival on your calendar for October. You might want to take a booth in the future to sell books and farm products.

June 10, 2012 at 10:47 AM  
Blogger kandy Gray said...

i jut got one from a friend and am giving it all the TLC (read glue and clamping) that it needs before it is ready to go. im finally going to try spinning the wool that you traded me for an apron jenna!

June 10, 2012 at 11:40 AM  
Blogger Marilla said...

I have an Ashford Traditional wheel and love it! I have so far found that it can spin any weight yarn I want, and it's a pretty simple wheel mechanically, a good thing for me.

June 10, 2012 at 11:52 AM  
Blogger Marilla said...

I love my Ashford Traditional, and I think it's a very good thing. I can spin any weight yarn, and it is a simple wheel mechanically-for me a very good thing!

June 10, 2012 at 11:54 AM  
Blogger Amanda said...

Congrats! I have been pining for an Ashford Traditional since I first laid my eyes on one. Please keep us posted on how you progress. A wheel is that last thing in my fiber studio list, so hopefully I'll get my hands on one this year.

June 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM  
Blogger Carrie in Wisconsin said...

entrussThis will be an awesome wheel for you! And once you get one wheel.....there will be others! You can't help but fall in love with them when you see them.

June 10, 2012 at 12:55 PM  
Blogger Kelly said...

Beautiful wheel! LOLing the turkey trying to whoo the wheel! Funny stuff!!!

June 10, 2012 at 3:01 PM  
Blogger KiwiGirl said...

The Ashford factory (where their wheels are made) is about an hour down the road from my place here, in my husband's home town. Their wheels are very good, and their on-site shop is an addictive place for yarn lovers - I never seem to be able to resist buying more yarn when I'm there...

June 10, 2012 at 3:48 PM  
Blogger Penny said...

My wheel Jezebel is a pre- 1970s Ashford. I had trouble with her, hence the name, but that was on me. A more experienced spinner could get her to spin after some fiddling with the adjustments. I pickup my Kromski Prelude this coming Weds.. I'll keep Jezebel as a second wheel for when I know what I'm doing. =)

June 10, 2012 at 4:29 PM  
Blogger Sylvia said...

I've been spinning for over 10 years now on a wheel my Dad built for me. I also have Annie, my angora rabbit. Friends and family love their handmade socks etc. I make for them. You'll love it too. It's addicting!

June 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM  
Blogger The Sprouting Acorn said...

I was going to say... it looks like an Ashford Traditional! I have one. Haven't used it much.... but will! Welcome to the Ashford club!

June 10, 2012 at 6:00 PM  
Blogger Sassafras and Winterberry said...

Looks just like mine...an Ashford Traditional. Mine is single drive too. It's a trooper! Have fun!

June 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM  
Blogger Mathilde said...

Spinning is so addictive. You're getting a wheel at just the right time of the year - I love to bring one of mine outside on a beautiful day and spin with a glass of sweet tea at my side. You were spinning on a drop spindle before, right? It's only a matter of time before you end up dancing with an antique great wheel in your living room...

June 11, 2012 at 2:15 AM  
Blogger Ashling said...

What an exquisite wheel, radiant in the sunshine! No wonder that poor turkey was smitten. Laughed out loud reading this (not good, since I'm supposed to be working!)...

June 11, 2012 at 2:50 PM  
Blogger Jenny said...

She is beautiful.

June 11, 2012 at 2:58 PM  
Blogger ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Looks like my Ashford that I got for Free on freecycle. The sweet lady had it outside in a shed and it had bird poop all over it. Spins like a dream~ ~ ~
Ahrisha

June 13, 2012 at 11:00 AM  

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