Thursday, October 01, 2009

So here's the thing. In the end of June the kids planted tomato plants in pots on our deck. Our deck doesn't get much sun...our yard gets even less. I love all of the trees. It isn't good for crop production.
These photos were taken 2 days ago. You can see that there are a few tomatoes but they still match the color of the foliage.
Last night was a frost warning. The temperature actually dropped to 30 degrees. We knew it was coming so I told the kids to pick the tomatoes. And here they are...green. Maybe they will turn red. I don't know. Bumper crop of 8 unripe tomatoes.
In other news...Maggie had her first manicure this week and she also got her hair done. I took her to my hair place and they gave her some hot chocolate to drink while she waited under the dryer for her hair treatment to cook. She loved it all.
And now for my Louet wheels. I own 2. The above is a single treddle 25th Anniversary S10. I found this wheel second hand because I got the heads up from my BFF.
Most Louet wheels including this one have a 20 inch wheel and the bobbins have 3 ratios:
1:5.5 for slow spinning and heavy yarn; 1:7.5 for medium yarn; and, 1:10.5 for fast spinning and fine yarn.

I use this wheel mostly for plying because I love the feel of the draw in of the Irish tension while plying and I can be confident that the tension will be pretty consistent while filling the entire bobbin. It is also a great wheel for big and fluffy yarns.

Also, it goes with my Cherry Wheel collection.
The Louet S45 is just cute. It is a strong spinner and the engineering on this thing is amazing. These wheels are now discontinued. It was a much misunderstood model. Sealed bearings everywhere, scotch tension and the thing is pretty fast at the highest ratio.
S45 ratios are: 7:1, 12:1 and 20:1
I've spun a wide variety of yarns on this wheel and it's so small and light that it's easy to take anywhere.

K, what's next? Schacht? Jensen? Reeves? I'll surprise you.

3 comments:

Rachel H said...

Is it wrong that the words 'wheel' and 'collection' used together make me both happy and jealous?

Beth said...

Not wrong...I really need to stop with the collecting. It's research, right?

breezehillfarm said...

Love your blog and I do believe you've been a bit busy, eh? I think the Tea room looks like a place that I could have spent days! The snow part just made me jealous, I'm a 52 year old kid when it comes to snow.

I just added a new (old) wheel to my collection. If you get the chance to check out my Blog, maybe you have an opinion as to who made it.