It has been a difficult few weeks since I got back from Switzerland. Trips always exhaust me so I was very good and did nothing very much for the first week. This meant that I missed the lighting of the beacon on Stanger head for the Jubilee and the opportunity to take pix at Dawn’s wedding on the island. Then as I started to get ready for Iceland, I managed to catch a bug – norro virus was going round Kirkwall and it could have been that. The net result was that instead of going to Iceland I was here feeling like a wet rag and unable to do anything for a week. Now things are beginning to get back to normal.
One thing to help me get over the disappointment of missing Iceland and Norway was the arrival of my new wheel. This is a Schacht Reeves 30″ Saxony. It arrived from the States via Janet at The Threshing Barn in two boxes. But even that couldn’t work right – one box arrived before the weekend and the other didn’t arrive until 3 days later!! Once I did have all the pieces I was able to put it together and then Cathy and Steve came round to tighten the nuts for me and to help get it bedded down. And here it is completed:
Like any brand new wheel it is needing lots and lots of oil. But from the start I knew it was going to be the work horse I wanted for spinning long lengths of finer yarn. It has the capability for both double drive and Scotch tension, and being a ‘left handed’ wheel I can do long draw easily without having to sit side on. In the pic you can see I have it on double drive at present, with the Scotch tension mechanism on the Mother of All out of the way:
Oh, and in case you noticed the little bit of pink on the first pic, it is a lovely orifice hook sent to me by Carol of Feisty Woman Designs!
Now I am spinning some of Carol’s batts – brightly coloured merino – and it is easy as pie. As long as I keep the bottle (of oil!) close by…