Tue 31 Jan 2012
Recently traveled from Florida to Dallas for a holiday visit and some “picking”. I brought with me my recent Craig’s List find, a Norwegian Princess Spinning Wheel, and along the way, in south-east Texas, I picked up an eBay pick-up only auction win, a Rick Reeves frame wheel.
I traveled light, a small bag with clothes and a large tote with spinning accessories, niddy noddy etc. and a large box of fiber … plus of course the two wheels. I picked up my daughter from school. The large college parking lot was resplendent with older white four door cars and as she scurried ahead of me, I said “look for the white car with two spinning wheels in the back seat.” She didn’t bat an eye, just gave me a knowing smile … who doesn’t travel cross country with two full size spinning wheels.
Found a sighting in Paula Simmons book, Spinning and Weaving with Wool, on page 68 a picture of the Norwegian Princess (much better shape), which apparently were imported and sold by Robin and Russ Handweavers, McMinnville, Oregon. The wheels were reported made of Beech with a lacquer finish. Originally the wheel came with 4 bobbins and had flyer ratios of 1.33 and 1.66. A very fast wheel. My wheel came with a new flyer and several new bobbins.
The Rick Reeves was in need of a major cleaning. The Norwegian was in less need of cleaning but it’s leg came off and it appeared there had been an old super glue repair. Super glue doesn’t work on everything, but Elmer’s? … Used white glue to repair the leg, and all was well. She spins beautifully. More regarding the Rick Reeves Frame Wheel in previous post.
I had forgotten my lazy kate and don’t tend to like on board kates so I improvised; who doesn’t carry knitting needles on trips, just in case?