Dear Self - you don't need another spinning wheel. Nor can you afford one right now, no, not even a cheap one.
I love my Ashford Kiwi, but it turns out that in stupidly hot and ridiculously humid Maryland summers it squeaks
. A lot. Horribly, obnoxiously, squeak squeak, squeak, every time I treadle. No amount of oil will stop it. It just SQUEAKS, and the squeak is so distracting I can't actually spin without losing track of the rhythm of hands and feet, so I haven't spun much all summer except on hand spindles which are so much slower.
Well, it's trying to be fall, and the last week has been cool and parched dry. I sat down at my poor neglected Kiwi this morning and gave it a try. Guess what? SO MUCH LESS SQUEAK. I can actually position my foot so the squeak doesn't happen.
Humidity. It is NOT your friend, and definitely not the friend of your wooden spinning wheel. x_x
Turns out there's a brand of wheel that isn't wood - Babe wheels are the cheapest of all the options I've seen, and are made entirely of PVC pipe. They're kind of ugly
right out of the box.
....and then you have the modifications
people have made to them
with spray paint.
*whines* NO, SELF. You don't need another wheel. You at least don't need another wheel until next summer's humidity sets in. You don't need it RIGHT NOW. No matter how much you want a steampunk wheel. x____x
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