Tour De Fleece Day 16 (Stage 15)

Today was a challenge day, and since I didn’t do any spinning yesterday because I sometimes do have a life, I challenged myself to spin a full 4 ounces of fiber today.

Here is a picture of success!

ITW Zephyr on Polwarth. This is a fractal spin done on my Flatiron in double drive. The singles are very thin and when plied together will make a fingering weight yarn, or maybe sport weight if the Polwarth poofs a lot when I wash the skein.

Tour De Fleece 2017 Day 11 (Stage 10)

I finished spinning up the ITW Yipes! Stripes! today.

The second bobbin is all done. I will ply it with the first bobbin to make a 2-ply. It will definitely be thick-and-thin because that’s the way I spun the singles.

I might ply it tomorrow. I have lots of plying to do, so I decided to do some plying after I finished Yipes!

This is Gilmore’s Glorious Good, another Into The Whirled color way, in the process of being chain plied in Irish tension on my Schacht Flatiron.

Tour De Fleece 2017 Day 9

Lots of progress today. I managed to spin four ounces of Cheviot using supported long draw and most of four ounces of Targhee in my usual short forward draw.

Yipes! Stripes! at the top and two bobbins of North of the Wall below

Into The Whirled Targhee. If you are old enough to remember Fruit Stripe Gum, you will understand the name of this color way, Yipes! Stripes!

The second bobbin of long draw. The color is off. Long draw puts a lot of air between the fibers so the bobbins fill more quickly.

The first bobbin of long draw. The color is truer than the previous picture. This is also an ITW color way, North of the Wall.

Tour De Fleece 2017 Day 5

Well, another project that is going to take forever because I am spinning this yarn very thin, but that’s the way this fiber demands to be spun. Say I to my fiber, Your wish is my command.

Into The Whirled Herding Cats in Superwash Targhee on my Flatiron

I enjoyed spinning on my Matchless, but spinning on the Flatiron is heaven on Earth.

Holy Crap!

I am so ashamed. I have so neglected my blog. A lot has been going on in the fibersphere, and I have totally failed to document it. No excuses. I now have a smartphone

I traded in my old flip phone for an iPhone SE. I don't know what took me so long.

I traded in my old flip phone for an iPhone SE. I don’t know what took me so long.

from which I can write and post to this blog, yet I haven’t posted anything for a couple of months.

Since you last heard from me, I sold my Lendrum folding wheel and bought a Flatiron, the brand new design from Schacht. This is my very first Saxony-style spinning wheel, and I absolutely love it.

It comes in a flat box that is a size and weight that qualifies for USPS priority mail, which means it is inexpensive to ship.

An entire spinning wheel fits in this box.

An entire spinning wheel fits in this box.

The flat-pack feature means that the spinning wheel requires a lot of assembly. Fortunately, Schacht includes everything you need to assemble the spinning wheel except for a philips-head screw driver.

Some of the parts and tools that come with the Flatiron

Some of the parts and tools that come with the Flatiron

With the help of the step-by-step manual that comes with the wheel and an assembly video on YouTube, I was able to put the wheel together all by myself, well, except for screwing one of the bolts into a barrel nut. I needed the DH’s assistance on that because my fingers just weren’t long enough to hold the barrel nut in place while screwing in the bolt.

Almost finished. It really helps to do the assembly on a table.

Almost finished. It really helps to do the assembly on a table.

I’m not what one would call mechanically inclined, but I didn’t run into any major difficulties putting this spinning wheel together. It took me a little longer than average; Schacht estimates assembly will take four hours, and it took me closer to five hours, but it wasn’t nearly as hard as assembling my Ashford Traveller was.

Assembly completed

Assembly completed

One of the most innovative features of the Schacht Flatiron is that it can be assembled with the flyer on either the left or the right. Since I spin with my left hand forward, I put the flyer on the left. Many Saxony wheels are left-flyer only, but some companies will custom-make wheels with the flyer on the right.

Of course, the most important part of this story is that the Flatiron came in a box. If you have a cat, you know why that is important.

Siobhan says, Thanks for the box!

Siobhan says, Thanks for the box!

Here are my spinning wheels standing in a row. Three of them are Schachts. The odd wheel out is my quirky but lovely Ashford Traveller.

L to R: Ashford Traveller, Schacht Ladybug, Schacht Matchless, and Schacht Flatiron

L to R: Ashford Traveller, Schacht Ladybug, Schacht Matchless, and Schacht Flatiron

The Flatiron is a wonderful wheel. I love spinning on it. It’s fast and quiet, and the treadling is very light. And I am happy to report that I can treadle with just one foot. YAY!

As for my now-departed Lendrum, she has found a new home where she will be loved and used.

I have a lot of spinning and knitting to share, and I hope to get caught up in the next few weeks. We’ll see.