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Wheeling and dealing

July 12th, 2007

Louet S51 DT

After working for 14 straight days of 12-16 hours each, the store is definitely looking like a store again. This afternoon, after Sandra left for a much-needed afternoon “off” to mow the lawn and do some laundry, I cleaned and rearranged the back classroom into some semblance of order. I also managed to find and assemble three new spinning wheels for the store, with two more to go. The easiest to get up and running was this beauty from Louet – the S51. It popped out of the box with just the lazy kate to push into place.

My favorite, however, has to be this Schacht Matchless Double Treadle. I love this wheel. I love its stability, its detailing. I love spinning on this wheel, and one will be mine someday.

See, I’ve been wheel-less since last Christmas. I hadn’t had time to spin in months, so I sold my barely-used Baynes DT to Sandy at the Boxing Week sale in the store. I’ve been meaning to get a new wheel for months, but knew it would drive me batty not having the time to actually spin. And so, with the reno winding to a close, I’m pondering this model.

I’m teaching a spinning workshop on Saturday afternoon. We’ll need all of the wheels to make a good go at it, but should this one not sell after the workshop, will it be mine? Could it? Should it?

Off to spin up some samples for the class. Lookit me – justifying spinning on the job!

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3 Responses to “Wheeling and dealing”

  1. Michelle Says:

    Go for it!!!! I have a Schacht Matchless DT and LOVE it. Of course, you’ll need a Woolee Winder to go with it.

  2. Jessica Says:

    This is a random comment that likely is not appropriate to this particular post, and for that I apologize, but it had to be posted somewhere. : )

    I just want you to know that you are such an inspiration. I’m a beginning knitter, learning mostly out of books, as my LYS has classes, but they are a bit out of my budget range. So one can imagine that sometimes knitting will slip away from me and I will go a week, maybe even two, with out working on anything, much less learning new skills. Yet every time I visit your blog, I’m overwhelmed with inspiration and the drive to learn how to do the amazing things you do.

    I don’t usually comment or e-mail strangers on the internet- in fact this may be the first time I’ve ever done so. However, I just feel like you should know that you’re doing a beautiful job inspiring both those that are lucky enough to live in a town with your shop as their LYS, and also strangers on the internet.

  3. Kayla Says:

    Heya Amy:
    Is that the one that my dear husband is supposed to get me for a wedding present? Lemme know, okay? He essentially said, “I’ll buy you whatever wheel, just tell me which one.” Essentially…kind of.

    :p

    I hope you and Sandra and the kitties and Cooper are well.
    Kayla

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