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Topic: Possible First Wheel- Ashford Elizabeth [EDIT]- I bought her! Meet Gwen.  (Read 1288 times)
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« on: August 16, 2008 12:28:01 AM »

I've been spinning on a drop spindle for a few months now and am fairly confident in my basic spinning abilities.  Lately, though, I've been checking the local Craigslists for wheels.  I found this Ashford Elizabeth for $100.  I'm not so keen on her paint job, but I have sandpaper and free time.  OK, not really any free time, but I'm a slacker when it comes to homework.

http://flint.craigslist.org/art/794737054.html (I hope the listing's still there when you guys get to it.)
  She's all mine now!

So, spinners.  Does she look OK?  The seller hasn't used it in a few years.  She did say that it comes with a lazy kate, but I forgot to ask about bobbins.  If I end up buyer her, I'll definitely get a maintenance kit.  She probably needs a bit of oiling. 

Anyway, I'm going to check her out tomorrow (today!  I need to get to bed!).  Anything I should ask or check out before I hand over a fistful of dough?  Thanks!
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« Reply #1 on: August 16, 2008 04:37:34 AM »

I think the flowers on it are lovely.  However I know nothing about spinning so I can't really add anything else to the discussion.  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: August 16, 2008 01:19:14 PM »

I bought it!  I have no self control.  She's lovely.  The seller couldn't find the 4th bobbin, but said she'd mail it to me when she does.  Not only did I get a sweet wheel, she also threw in a large shopping bag of fiber and an antique skein winder.  The winder has seen better days, but it is still useful. 

She looks pretty good, no?

Wheel detail

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Treadle

Signed by the painter.  Dated 1997 or 1991.  Dunno.

Lazy kate and bobbins.


As for the winder, not so pretty.

Neat little design on the side

View from below.  Not entirely sure what's going on here.  Maybe it used to click or something?


Aaand, some sort of wool.  It feels really weird.  Pretty coarse.
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« Reply #3 on: August 16, 2008 09:42:31 PM »

So, I had to go to Lowe's and get a little clippy thing for the crank.  The previous owner had been using an old twisty tie.  Cheesy

I also found out that the skein winder does click.  Actually, it is more of a comical "boing" every 40 turns.  Very handy.

For someone who has never used a wheel in her entire life, I think I'm doing OK.  I've already got about half a bobbin full!  Whee!
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« Reply #4 on: August 18, 2008 05:44:17 AM »

Beautiful, beautiful!

I would leave it painted myself.

The skein winder is a 'click reel'  Measure around the arms one length, when you wind on to it, count the 'boings' and multiply by the length and you have your yardage!
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« Reply #5 on: August 18, 2008 07:37:56 AM »

Oh, it's gorgeous!!

And "score!" on the skein winder!  My LYS has a click winder that's a jack in the box.  The "weasel" pops out every certain number of clicks, so it's easy to keep track of your yardage.  Fun.   Cheesy  A skeinwinder is on my list of "to buy someday". 

 
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« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2008 09:19:23 AM »

Your new wheel is beautiful! I like the flowers on it Smiley You got a great deal!
Happy Spinning Smiley
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