Class Photo

In that way that things sometimes go, a wheel followed me home yesterday…

It’s an older Country Craftsman, a 24″ Saxony wheel, literally never used. It needs some cleaning up and minor tweaks, but should be a solid enough spinner once those are all squared away.

Posting the picture on Ravelry, though, resulted in folks asking to see pictures of all my wheels. At first I laughed that off, but then, the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like a neat idea. The boys helped me get everybody lined up on the deck for a class picture:

We took a couple.

The tall kids are standing at the rear. We let the Autoknitter join in despite not being a spinning wheel, on account of it’s a very cool machine, and tall. In the middle of the back row of tall kids is my old Majacraft Suzie (more on her later), which I really need to ask Glynis for more info about one of these days. At right in the back row is the Country Craftsman you saw earlier.

Middle row, from left: Bosworth Journey Wheel, Schacht Matchless, Majacraft Suzie Pro with accelerator head, Majacraft Saxonie, Louet Julia (S-11), Fricke S-160F.

Front row (seated), from left: Bosworth Book Charkha and Bosworth Book Charkha B-1, Ertoel Roberta, 1964 vintage double drive electric spinner (LOUD!), Louet Victoria.

Over the next few weeks, I’ll be telling you in detail about each of these wheels. And by the end of the summer, I’m expecting a couple of them to matriculate and move out.

(That means I’m going to sell 2 of them before the summer is over)

35 thoughts on “Class Photo

  1. Nice shot of the Craftsman – my first wheel was a CC – also unused, originally purchased in 1988 for decoration. Almost blasphemy, I know!

    You know the saying “we’ve done so much with so little for so long, we’re convinced we can do anything with nothing at all” – having learned to spin on a Craftsman, I’m *pretty* sure I can tackle any wheel thrown my way. Not master, by any means, but adequate.

  2. Boy, and people think *I* have a lot of wheels! :snicker: I only have…let’s see…AA Norwegian Saxony, AA Scottish Castle, AA Banjo Charka (seems to be a trend), Ashford Traveller (on loan), Antique Candian Production Wheel (still in Boston, ’cause we can’t figure out how to ship it home), and an AA Production Wheel that’s due to be shipped..sometime soon, if the wheel stork is to be believed. (I’ve also owned – and rehomed – an Ashford Joy and Louet S-15)

    I am going to show your photo to people to show that *I* am not at all out of line! πŸ˜€

  3. I am glad you will be writing about each one. I have been trying to learn about the similarities and differences of a few of the wheels.

  4. OMG. Awesome.

    That class photo is like the “Who’s Who” of wheels. Is one of them the validictorian? Or are they all honors students?

  5. oh wow!!!! and here i was thinking that a second wheel would be horrible! hahahaha
    i’m really curious to hear how you like the schacht vs the majacraft. maybe i should just email you about it, as i don’t think i can wait all summer!!! hahaha
    but i can’t wait to meet all of the children in your class! πŸ™‚

  6. *sigh* I only have 2. plus spindles. though I am dreaming of a victoria, you enabler you πŸ˜‰ (this would mean yes, I did open that Louet account) πŸ˜›

  7. You have now made me feel better about my wheel collection. I thought I was becoming a “crazy wheel lady” but I’ve got nothing on you!

  8. Most amusing, and thank you for the portrait. I wish I had room for more wheels!

    Then again, I do like the two I have: my first wheel (c. 1974) and my second wheel (c. 1993, although I have to check the calendar to vouch for that one . . . it was a year my birthday occurred during SOAR . . . yes, 1993).

    I do have more spindles than I can recall.

  9. Which two? It could be Spinning Survivor. Challenges for immunity and then one wheel gets voted off….

  10. Okay, now it’s time to flash your spindle collection! Yes, I’m sure it’s epic — all the more fun for us to see it! πŸ™‚

  11. Um, you have almost as many wheels as Beth does in her shop. Yowza! I’m placing my vote to see your spindle collection, too.

  12. I have my favorite, and you know what it is! (you are my hero).

    I did a tally and you have more wheels than I do, and a bigger variety, but I think I could fit all of mine in my car in a pinch.

  13. Wow!

    Ok, devil’s advocate here: Why do you have so many? Are certain wheels better for spinning certain kinds of yarns? And how do you justify buying a new one? (I know I’d have a hard time convincing my husband that I needed more than one wheel, thus I ask.)

  14. Wow. That’s a fantastic collection — in what order did you acquire them? (I’ll throw in another vote for a class photo of your spindle collection, if you’re up for it.)

    If you had to narrow the collection down to only four wheels, which ones would you pick, and why? Could you choose only one, and if so, what would impact that decision most strongly?

  15. I was totally shocked a minute ago. My hubby was walking by as I looked at your pics and said, “that one looks like yours.” and thats because it is, I’ve got a Fricke too! I can’t believe he actually noticed.

    I love your collection!

  16. You know, now I don’t feel quite so bad about that Jensen Tina II following me home from conference. And with the newly purchased high-speed kit and a tightened drive band, she purrrrrs. Especially with cormo πŸ˜‰

  17. Very good Abby, now if we can get Carole to get a photo of all of hers. I am still lagging behind you both with only 7 at moment. Love your collection!!

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