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When I took apart the wheel last week I have to be honest and admit there was a little bit of nervousness. Would I be able to get is back in one piece? Would I have that dreaded one “I wonder where this goes” screw?

My fears were unfounded although there was that one random screw left until I realized it went with the orifice mount.

Last Sunday.



wheel v2

I know I know, it wasn’t a huge overhaul. It isn’t a candidate for Pimp my Wheel but oh in person it looks SO MUCH better. I decided against a stain and varnish and went with good old Tung Oil. I never knew it could make wood glow like that.

I had planned on having Annie work her painting magic on the treadle but patience is not a virtue I have ever been accused of possessing. When I realized it could be 2 weeks before I could put the wheel back together I decided against the artwork. Of course this was AFTER I tormented Nicki by waking him up and making him pose for pictures.

I cleaned up all the metal pieces since they had some gunk on them (years of dust and oil I imagine) and following those handy Ashford instructions online I put this baby back together.

And that annoying little catch I felt before? Gone! It might come back over time but for now it treadles like a dream. I also adjusted the length of that plastic joiner (I have no clue if it has an official name.). It was originally set at a really long length so it felt like I was having to put in a lot of movement just to get the wheel going. I don’t know if the 15mm measurement on the Ashford instructions is only for double treadle but we shall see how it works for me.

It just needs a name now. I put off naming it because I hadn’t put me into it yet. Now that I have I need a name.

Should I make this a contest? Offer up some sock stash for the winner?

Flickr Photos


On the needles

February Fitted Pullover

Sapphire Waves of Grain

On the Bedside Table

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan (ok not really since I can't find the book anymore)

on the wheel

Absolutely Nothing.

Stashdown 2009

January 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 233 Total Weight:33.13lbs Total Miles: 27

February 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 213 Total Weight:30.09lbs Total Miles: 26

March 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 218 Total Weight:31.95lbs Total Miles: 27

April 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins of Yarn: 217 Total Weight:31.45lbs Total Miles: 26.5

May 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 229 Total Weight: 33.8 Total Miles: 28.4

June 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 210 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.7

July 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 201 Total Weight: 30.5 Total Miles: 26.5

August 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 228 Total Weight: 34.0 Total Miles: 28.8

October 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 254 Total Weight: 38.2 Total Miles: 31.8

November1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 224 Total Weight: 34.9 Total Miles: 29.9

December 1st 2009

Balls/Skeins: 206 Total Weight: 31.9 Total Miles: 27.1


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