Saturday, April 01, 2006

This is Going to Take a Little Practice

And the winner is .... Scotch tension. Although drinking Scotch while spinning my undies dry is a viable alternate!

Here it is set up for the Scotch tension. From what I've gathered (to say Gord Lendrum's instructions are succinct is an understatement) you can use the drive band doubled when using Scotch tension and just separate it for double drive. I'm trying that next. As you can see I didn't finish any of the bobbins or the lazy kate. Now that I'm using it I can see that I should take off the flyer base and finish under that too, but it can wait until school gets out.

What will take a little adjustment is how slowly I need to treadle. This has a 28" wheel - I'm used to a much smaller wheel and single treadle so needless to say I had some pretty tightly spun yarn at first. I hope I don't get so relaxed I fall asleep.

Just because I love the stuff so much .....

You Are a Double Espresso

Hey Energizer Bunny Girl! Do you ever slow down?

You're a mix of high energy and ambition, perfectly matched with strong espresso

When you want something you get it - by any means possible

You're driven, determined, and no nonsense. Which is just how you like your java.

It's pretty accurate. I will add milk, but never flavors or sweeteners.


  1. oooh, it *is* pretty! That cherrywood is just luscious. Oh, and I had to get used to it too. The fastest wheel I've ever owned, and I make it a habit to buy zippy wheels!

  2. It is pretty. I started off with ST with my Symphony (is it legal to say that in the same sentence with the Lendrum?) then switched to DD as I grew accustomed to the saxony (my 1st). And thanks to you I found out I am cappucino "You're fun, outgoing, and you love to try anything new. However, you tend to have strong opinions on what you like. You are a total girly girly at heart - and prefer your coffee with good conversation. You're the type that seems complex to outsiders, but in reality, you are easy to please"
    a total girly girl at heart?
    Yeah. That's me all right.

  3. Marie1:12 PM

    I love the glow that is cast. Job well done. Think your wheel will ever come and visit?
    I'm a "plain 'ol cup of joe". I'm dependable but fun though!

  4. Tip from someone who bought a zippy wheel: if you shift to double drive (skip the cappucino for this)and loosen the hell out of the drive band, you will get a slower ratio. Don't ask me why it works, (something about excess slippage?) but it is how I get low twist bulky angora to emerge. I LOVE using my production wheel for big yarns. Who knew?
    Cherry WAS the right wood, eh? Yes, Marie, we will make the wheel will come for a visit.

  5. Marie6:39 AM

    I think Claudia's wheel and Charleen's wheel should meet. They could spin some tales.
    I promise to never, ever say that again.

  6. Thanks for commenting on my blog - I'm new to blogging and can't even get the weavering picture to show - I don't know how else to respond except to go to your blog, which I've been reading for quite some time. I'll figure it out eventually.