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1  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / My weird wheel - Help? on: January 21, 2009 03:41:40 PM
So.. like so many others seem to have done, I spontaneously bought an old spinning wheel without really checking to see if it worked first. It was really cheap, so it was a low-risk purchase.

When I got it home, I cleaned it and de-rusted the rusty parts. Now, things are moving like they should, I am able to twist the yarn, but the yarn won't wind on. While I looked around for information, I noticed that a lot of the sources said  (and I quote) "the whorl on the bobbin should be smaller than the flyer whorl.  If it isn't, use the smaller end of the bobbin, or change the flyer whorl." So I checked, and it seems the whorl on my bobbin is actually larger than the flyer whorl:



There's nothing I can do about this. I can't use the other end of the bobbin, and both the flyer whorls that came with the wheel are the same (small) size. Does anyone else have wheels that work like this?

I'm wondering if some of the other parts of the wheel are supposed to make up for the size difference. Like these strange pegs, perhaps?



Here's an overview of the wheel, in case anyone recognizes it:


Any advice would be very much appreciated Smiley

2  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Big boo hat (img heavy) on: March 30, 2006 05:46:13 PM
Totally inspired by an earlier post (more specifically this one: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=83372.0, I set out to make the geekiest hat known to man: A super nintendo big boo hat. I found the perfect chart at animalxing.com, and I already had some white yarn in my stash that never became the mittens it was supposed to be.The result, here being worn by my boyfriend:

http://folk.ntnu.no/marianha/foto/2006_03_31/boo_1.JPG

And flat (well, almost)
http://folk.ntnu.no/marianha/foto/2006_03_31/boo_2.JPG

closeup
http://folk.ntnu.no/marianha/foto/2006_03_31/boo_4.JPG

Scary, huh?

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