On Friday I stopped in the shop along with wheels Louie, Wendolene and Hortense to get their check-up from Dave Van Stralen of Louët North America. Dave and his wife, Pam, brought along yarn, projects, fiber, wheels and looms for a trunk show. I tried out the new art yarn flier attachment for the Victoria. What is very exciting about the attachment is the mother-of-all is sized so the fliers and bobbins from my other wheels will fit Hortense, also. I would not need to buy the flier and bobbin. I have plenty of bobbins! The two girls were in good shape and Dave tweaked here and there to keep them in good running condition. Louie needed a new bearing, the ball bearing used in the main bolt assembly and at the footman bolt assembly. His brake band was very worn and so a nice new one was added. The old strap was immediately claimed by puppy, Ellie, for a chew toy. Moving the old bearing between my fingers I could feel the grinding, which I did not notice as I spun. With the new bearing in place I can really feel the difference with smoother treadling. Dave even put a couple of new white tips on Louie's lazy Kate to make him look spiffy.
|Strapped in and ready to go. |
|Wendolene gets tweaked for a little squeak on the left treadle. It was a twist in the connector, which was easy to fix.|
|Adjusting the back post of Hortense for better posture.|
|Happy wheels = happy spinner!|