My Hitch-Hiker has been stripped down, primmed, ready for painting. Just needs a light sanding before I can be let loose with the acrylic paints. I hate primming. Loathe it with a passion - it requires time and patience, and so instead of primming one side, then drying flat and leaving for a ridiculous 16 hours before I can prime the other sides, it's done all in one and hung out to dry (obviously) (and no, there are no drips as I can paint too) But it's worth doing, and worth doing well, to get a good finish.

The flyer unit and bobbins are Ashford, and I suspect are for a Kiwi wheel. I'm thinking about getting a jumbo flyer, for those chunkier yarns and a bobbin that holds a decent quantity of yarn. I've emailed the makers, but no reply yet.... can anyone tell me for certain which unit this is?

The end of the flyer screws into the friction drive, and so is probably the most important part to look out for in a new flyer.. I can't see that the maker has machined this himself (too tricky) and so pressume this comes as standard. This is all I need of the flyer unit, along with a bobbin - my wheel has no belt. Any help or advice would be gratefully recieved!

I'm itching to personalise my wheel - watch out for bizzare, surrealist painting in the next few posts...

Update 6/7...

The plot thickens. My flyer unit is definitely a Kiwi but AShford discontinued the screw-in mechanism some years back, and now make them all push in. Which means that I now need to hunt for a 2nd hand jumbo flyer... the plus side is that I'm told all the flyers with the screw-in fitting were interchangeable, so I don't have to search purely for a Kiwi jumbo, just any jumbo with a screw fitting so all I need now is to make sure there's enough clearance for the jumbo. A huge thanks to Ian from UKSpinners for his help and tolerance ;) ... and all because the lady wants to spin more yarn...

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AuthorWoolly Wormhead
CategoriesSpinning