I thought I would also write about the equipment that is used in hand spinning. Finding the right equipment for yourself is important. I have had 10 wheels so far in my spinning life, with four currently in the house. I miss a majority of the wheels I have sold, but there were at least two that did not suit me at all. I did manage to find them good homes.
Researching Norwegian/Scandinavian spinning wheels has been a bit of a struggle. There is just not a whole lot of information out there on this type of wheel.
The Polonaise has the look of wheels from the Baltic area of Poland and Scandinavia. It has been said that the wheels have been built to be historically correct with such lovely level of detail. A very good wheel for re-enactors to use.
Some of the features include functional wood threaded wheel angle adjustments so the proper angle can be obtained with the flyer. It has pin and socket bearings that support the 24″ wheel, with ease of treadling. The wheel hardware sits between the wheel posts; the footman passes through the bench to the treadle.
Wheel: Kromski Polonaise (bases
Wood: European Alder and birch
Drives: Double and Scotch
Wheel Diameter: 24 inches (60.96 cm)
Orifice Height: 25 inches (63.5 cm)
Bobbin Capacity: 4 ounces (113.398 grams)
Ratios: 8, 12, 16 & 20 to 1
Young Norwegian woman in traditional dress sits behind spinning wheel.
The batts are completed from the California Red fleece. I used my small picker that I had purchased on Etsy a few years ago to open up those locks to get it through the drum carder faster.
Dangerous piece of equipment if a person were to get their hand in the way when moving the picker back and forth. Note: I updated my tetanus shot back in 2012.
I used my Louet Jr drum carder to get through the massive mound of fluff I had created. It took me three days to get those batts completed. To be even more true to old ways, I should have used my hand cards. It would have been weeks before I could have completed the prep process for spinning if I had used my hand cards this time around.
Time to get a test spin in for the yarn I have targeted in my mind to create.
Stay tuned as we see what the wool wants to be…