Guess what my wonderful husband did for me?!? I was having a crappy day at work yesterday, and he called to leave me a voice mail that he was at an estate sale and saw a spinning wheel and did I want it. I have two wonderful spinning wheels and limited room so I called him back expecting to tell him no. But when he described it to me it sounded like a skein winder which I don’t have. So far I use the back of the rocking chair to wind my skeins from my spun yarn- not much fun. They were asking $45 so I told him I’d like it but see if he could get it cheaper. Well he got it for half that price, and when I came home from work was thrilled. I couldn’t figure out what all the wooden gears were for but had to do chores so didn’t have time to check it out completely. So this evening after work I got to look at it. It looks antique with iron square headed nails, wooden pegs and wooden homemade gears. I looked on the web and found a similar one in Norway at http://www.lowlandslegacy.com/afbeeldingen/photos/wheels3/jpg that has a counter attached to it. Then we fixed one of the gears which had come loose, spun it for a while, and a thin strip of wood on the side slapped. So I have a yardage counter! I am so thrilled by this skein winder- we glued some loose pieces and cleaned it up. Nothing is missing, and it’s perfectly functional. And most importantly I have the best husband in the whole wide world (sorry to other husbands out there) and am a very happy spinner woman!
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Congrats on your skein winder- it does look like a neat contraption. I actually hadn’t ever seen one before last week, when I came across one at antique store in Sedro Woolley- I think it was “Past Times”.>Have fun!
Thanks!>>I just tried it out- I spun up 2 bobbins of yarn and wound it into a skein fast! It’s washed and drying now.
What a find!!! That Tom – he’s a keeper. 🙂>– Franna
Thanks- I think so!