After several emails to Ashford in New Zealand, it was determined that I need a new flexible conrod joint to make my wheel go. It's a 2" piece of what looks like plastic tubing. It retails for $1.60 or so.
The deal is, not all Ashford dealers carry all Ashford products. If they don't carry wheels or a specific wheel model, it is highly unlikely that they will have replacement parts in stock. Still, I downloaded the list of dealers in my area. Nobody within a hundred miles of here carries Kiwis. I think that's why I bought it from a place in Vermont. Hmm, why didn't I think of contacting that place for repair parts? D'oh! What worked was googling the part number and name. I've got the part on order from The Village Spinning and Weaving Shop. I couldn't just order one $1.60 part. Well, I could have but didn't want to pay several times the part cost for shipping. It was a reasonable shipping cost, just not for one little part. So I bought two parts. And some fiber.
My fingers are crossed that it all works out.
Sunday, July 26, 2009
The yarn's not anything close to the beautiful stuff I saw other people do. Still, I did what I set out to do and can see quality improvement.
In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or collaborative content community with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional or disciplinary response or to generally disrupt normal on-topic discussion.
--taken from Wikipedia
A troll has crawled out from under a bridge and has provoked a response from me. The response is to not care about what the troll is doing, except to send good thoughts to any individuals affected by said creature. Trolls do what they do so they can be fed. Do not feed the trolls. I'm not going to identify either side of this exchange so that the troll does not get one little crumb.
If you've been annoyed by a troll, take a deep breath and repeat after me:
Thank you. Go back to your spinning now.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
I did a Ravelry search to find a pattern that might work with the Buttercup yarn I spun earlier. Lo and behold, a book I already have has a bunch of patterns in the appropriate gauge. I knit half a sock and decided I didn't like the pattern. The second sock is just barely begun. There's hope for future pictures of something other than gray alpaca on a spindle. The Tour's over in a day or two, so it might not be all that long before it occurs.
Friday, July 24, 2009
The fiber came from Windy Hill Alpaca Farm. It's really nice. When I'm working again, I will definitely want to hunt down some more of this.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
This is alpaca that came from a farm in north Georgia, which is near here. I couldn't believe how much the fiber expanded when I took it out of the bag! It says "at least 3 ounces" and it looks like a lot more. Besides the gray, I have a bag of natural, off-white color. I'm thinking of plying them together. Based on my work so far, I'm going to need more lessons on plying before that happens.
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
My challenge turned out to be to learn the technical terms for the parts of the wheel that were not working. The end of the flexible con-rod joint (see blue arrow) keeps pulling free of the con-rod (the stick-like thingy above the arrow). The round silvery thing in it is a screw which is not holding the flexible con-rod joint in place.
I contacted Ashford after checking their FAQ. I suspect that I'm going to need a new flexible con-rod joint.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Tomorrow's the challenge day. I'm going to be very brave and use my wheel.
Sunday, July 19, 2009
I need a nap.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The cats are both okay. I think I need to change my strategy with this "yarn".
Friday, July 17, 2009
The terrible truth can be told. I did a burn test on the mystery fiber. I'm reasonably sure that it is......
I want to save the nice natural fibers until my skills improve. One thing I won't do is admit the fiber content to the folks on Ravelry. They'd probably come after me and try to burn the last two spools. They'd be so disappointed because it really doesn't burn very well.
Thursday, July 16, 2009
I got the llama in Colorado over 20 years ago. The little basket used to have a fluff of llama fiber in it. I think I have some around here so I should replace it.
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I was going through the voting thread* this morning. I happened upon some fiber that was called the same thing as my last name. I had to find out why it got that name. The person who was spinning the fiber wasn't positive, so she directed me to the source, Ewe Give Me The Knits. Mandie, the proprietor of the shop, was kind enough to explain. It is the name of a street in Victoria, Australia. She gets her names from a street guide. The funny thing is, I live in Georgia and her daughter's name is Georgia. Hee hee hee!
*The voting thread is where people post pictures of their spinning for the day. Everybody votes for the fiber they like the best and the two top people get a prize. Yay for all the people who donated the prizes!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
Sunday, July 12, 2009
Tomorrow's a rest day. I think it would be a good idea to get out the spinning CD and spend some time learning something.
RANT ON- I'm getting really annoyed with the voting thread on Ravelry. We vote on the yarns we like the best every day and the top two people get prizes. That's a good thing. The bad thing is that people have been asked, more than once, to post ONE picture. There are idiots posting a half dozen or more huge pictures. One person posted something that was almost totally black, like if you took a picture outside at night where there wasn't much light. I'm not voting for any of those yarns. I don't care about what a beautiful job they did. I don't care if they couldn't post pictures for the last three days. One picture, one vote from me. -RANT OFF
Friday, July 10, 2009
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Sunday, July 5, 2009
I have a TON of the gold/green/red fiber to spin. I think it'll be what I use throughout the Tour.
Saturday, July 4, 2009
Judging by the pictures I've seen so far, Rookie is a far too advanced category for me. If Tour de France had a category for riders with training wheels on their bikes, I should be in the spinning equivalent. There are self-proclaimed beginning spinners out there making beautiful yarn. I feel like a complete idiot being in the same group with them. I will keep going, however. See those little lumpy things? That's because I turned my little spindle too much. That's my next goal, to turn it less. The fiber doesn't lend itself to being spun much thinner than bulky weight, so I'm not going to worry about that. I think I have an idea of what to do with the completed yarn. I'll post if the idea works out.
Friday, July 3, 2009
There are tons of fabulous prizes that have been donated to the TdF. It probably isn't realistic for me to hope for one, but it's still fun to look at all the pretty pictures and dream.
In the end, I'll have more handspun yarn than I have right now, I should be a better spinner, and I may have spinning worked into my daily routine. Those are pretty good prizes in themselves.