Raising Finnish Landrace, Cotswold, Border Leicester, and Romeldales, in the Heart of Illinois, as well as working with rescue llamas.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Now that it is Fall ...

Since summer is now a memory, I thought I would share my score of the summer, a lovely Ashford traditional spinning wheel that I found on craigslist while goofing off over the 4th of July week..  Now I will never get rid of my Babe double treadle production, as I love it dearly due it the amazing portability of it but this opportunity just jumped out at me. Why a second wheel? My eldest daughter occasionly spins and my younger daughter is wanting to learn. (Hey, I can't hog the hobby, can I?)

It was a drive to pick up the Ashford, but well worth it.  This traddy is a single treadle with 4 bobbins and a lazy kate. She had sat in a living room for the last 25 years as decoration. She came home with some raw spun wool on her lazy kate, that I took off. Research I have done on the Ashford website indicates this is a 1970's model, more than likely mid 1970's. She is in great condition, all she needed was a brake band and a bit of light oil. An easy remedy, for such a sweet spinning wheel.

The little Traddy was in awesome condition, didn't even need dusting!


  1. Great find! I also have an ashford tradition wheel and looking to get something else more portable.

    1. I will always love my Babe production for portability but I must say the Traditional has a prominent place in my heart. It had sat in a lady's living room for 20 years as decoration. She had no intention of learning to spin just liked the look of it.