The big excitement this week was a very lucky antique find. I saw a posting for a $57 Alfred Andresen spinning wheel and called immediately. The woman had it as a conversation piece and didn’t know anything about the wheel functionally, but my Aunt who’s a spinner sweetly came along and checked it out for me. I ended up coming home with it for an even $50.
There were two minor things for me to fix. Somewhere along the line someone decided the hole that the flyer sits in wasn’t necessary and filled it in. I was able to push all of it through with a screw driver. The legs were also a bit wobbly, and I shimmed those up enough that the pedal doesn’t fall off anymore. I spent some time taking it apart and wiping it down with denatured alcohol to clean off the accumulated grime. And I read that crochet thread makes a good drive band, so now it’s all strung up and ready to go. I’m very excited to start playing around with it. 🙂
ETA: I’ve been looking for more information about the wheel, and the only article I’ve found is this snippet stating they found it listed as being imported from Norway in a 1902 catalog.