It’s called a “Lendrum” wheel after it’s designer, Canadian Gord Lendrum. They’re now in use world-wide and a popular “Castle” style wheel. That means it’s upright in front of the spinner instead of the wheel being off to the side of the spinner, the way you see in the Sleeping Beauty cartoon. This style of wheel was popular in Ireland. My wheel was made in 1987, and bears Gord Lendrum’s initials wood-burned into the base of it. He started making them in his garage in his home in British Columbia.
Held every second week of September, it’s my “never miss” event of the year!
I feed the roving through a drafting process with my fingers, into the hole in the front of the piece and it draws onto the bobbin as I push with my foot on the treadle, making the spinning wheel itself rotate around. The rotation of the wheel puts the twist into the fibres which makes the thread/yarn. The more rotations, the tighter the twist and the finer the yarn. The less rotations the thicker the yarn. In this case, I’m going for a lace weight.
Once the bobbin is full, I start over again with a second bobbin. When that ones full, I’ll put them on my “Lazy Kate” which just holds them both on a metal rod so I can bring up the yarn easily and ply the two pieces together onto another bobbin on my wheel. Now I’ll spin them onto the bobbin together, rotating the wheel in a counter-clockwise direction so that they’re twisted together into one, making it yarn. And I’m done!
After Halloween, it’s time to hit November 1st with Book 2 of my series “Heroes of the Tundra”. I hope you’ll join me here each week to learn a little bit about the behind-the-scenes of NORTHERN DECEPTION: Heroes of the Tundra, Book 1, before it releases December 4, 2018.
I have a giveaway in mind for the month of November! Stay tuned because a lucky commenter during the month of November is going to get a cool prize.