Tension Springs

I love my spinning wheel, but for a shameful length of time I haven’t touched it. I wish I could say I had a good excuse, but the truth of the matter is rather dull.

When I obtained my wheel about three years ago, the previous owner had used a common rubber band in the place of a tension spring. I managed with that same band for quite along time, until it fell apart as rubber bands inevitably do. I had bought a Spinner’s Maintenance Kit from Spinner’s Choice soon after I bought the wheel, but I managed to lose it between dorm rooms, Ann Arbor, study abroad, and my Kalamazoo Apartment. So, I tried to replace the rubber band with limited success. Part of the tension line had worn out and snapped off.

A few weeks ago I finally sat down to install a tension spring, having finally found my kit, only to find that my wheel looks nothing like the pictures. I hadn’t realized how much the Ashford Traditional had changed since mine was made. It wasn’t hard to figure out the system, and now it’s running fine.

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Perhaps I’ll get around to naming the wheel now that it’s functional again…

I’ve been knitting a fair amount as well, but I’m finding myself to be incredibly camera-lazy lately. I’m working on fixing that, but the bottom line is that it’s time for a new camera. I’m feeling intimidated by the prospect of figuring out what kind I want, so I’m open to suggestions. I’m looking for a decent camera that is small enough to carry around. I don’t care about colors, just function.

I’m currently processing Betty Week photos, and will try to post them later today.

2 Responses to “Tension Springs”

  1. Sam Says:

    Congrats on fixing your wheel! Our current camera is a Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS3, which shoots wonderful stills and hi-def video, is easy to use, and not particularly expensive for what it does. I always check out dpreview.com for info on cameras. Here’s the link to their comments on the DMC-ZS3.

  2. mouse Says:

    Thanks! I’ll have to take a look, if I can get my hands out of the fiber stash.

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