A Wild Spinning Wheel Appears
So I got an unexpected text last night. It was a picture from my sister saying, "Look what my husband brought home for you." Here's the photo.
Why hello, beautiful. The story goes that my brother-in-law works at a place that is currently cleaning out a lot of old things in anticipation of a major renovation. This poor wheel was headed for the dumpster, so he rescued it for me!
As you can see, it is missing a few parts and pieces - namely the entire flyer/whorl/bobbin assembly. However, the string on the treadle makes me hopeful that this is meant to be a functional wheel, and there are signs of hardware on the maidens, which means there's a place for the flyer to sit. I'm picking it up tonight, and I can't wait to start cleaning and planning! I'm thinking to collaborate with Mr. Mouse to 3D print the missing bits. What a cool intersection of old technology and new technology that would be!
So that's two wheels that have come to me unexpectedly via an in-law...I would just like to take this opportunity to officially announce to all the rest of my in-laws that they are falling behind in the garning-favor-via-spinning-wheel-acquisition competition ;)