I have finished my first skein on the new wheel:
It is about lace weight, but I was playing and wasn’t overly fussed about exact weight and consistency. These things are servants not masters!
I started with three 25g batts from Carol at Feisty Woman Designs on Etsy. I have used her batts before more than once – they are always lovely, and these were no exception. I bought them a bit ago because of the colour, and being merino were just right for this.
I tore one batt roughly in half so had about 37g for each of two bobbins. As I spun the treadling got easier and easier as the axel other moving bits took up the oil. By the time I was through with the first bobbin that part of the wheel was working perfectly – nothing could be better!
The second bobbin needed more oil, of course, but once that was sorted the second bobbin went well too:
It was when I came to ply that a couple of slight problems with the flyer side of things became obvious.
The first I had noticed before. The flyer itself has a grove in the wood presumably for the thread to run in so that it does not touch the wood and therefore does not get worn or roughed up. Only it, or the hooks, are not placed right. If the thread goes round the end hook it doesn’t go in the groove:
And if it goes on the second hook it fits the groove but touches the end of the bobbin:
This isn’t the end of the world, but I would have thought it shouldn’t happen.
The other problem is more of a pain. As plying doesn’t need a huge amount of care once one has sorted the amount of twist required, I went to the smaller of the two whorls on the Fine whorl I was using. This is the-next to-smallest whorl, not the smallest. It was fine while I was playing to get the right twist, but once I tried to quicken up to zip through the plying, the whole MOA assembly vibrated so much I had to slow down. I eventually went back to the larger of the two grooves on the whorl before the whole thing shook to pieces, and slowed my treadling, but there was still a good deal of vibration. I will be plying with my electric spinner in future!
The finished bobbin was nicely full:
The yarn produced by the wheel is lovely.
I haven’t started my next yarn yet – I keep changing my mind WHICH fibre to use…. I have some lovely stuff waiting to be spun, but WHICH next????