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Meet my new-to-me Ashford Traditional, bought on in October. I finally got it home in mid-November and have been playing with it a lot. I started spinning the club fibre from the Fyberspates 3-month club that I was a member of from May-July this year. The fibre on the wheel in the picture is a pink/brown/greenish BFL.

Wheel spinning was surprisingly different from spindle spinning. Treadling took a little while to get used to, and I couldn’t quite get a rhythm on the first yarn I spun (may also have been due to it being merino, i.e. very short-stapled). It’s much easier to get a good join, and much harder to avoid overspinning.┬áBoth are, I assume, due to the wheel inserting twist faster than the spindle.

I’ve treated the wheel with a furniture oil, a mixture of tung oil, linseed oil and naphtha. It was an hour of work, but the wheel looks better and creaks less.



I knit and crochet. This is my log of ongoing and completed projects, mistakes made and lessons (hopefully) learnt. You can contact me at ceecrochet (a)

My patterns

Airy Baby Blanket Tiny Party Clutch Notions and Trinkets Bag One Skein Baby Set First handspun felted coin purse


Rings etc.