When I was in Indianapolis last weekend, I bought a Ashford Maintenance Kit for my spinning wheel. So I gave my wheel it's overhaul last night as I was watching the some of the Olympics.
I wiped it down, tightened some loose screws, replaced the hooks on the spin head, and installed the new tension springs. Then I gave her a whirl. I had some 'play fiber' that I got from Sarah at knit night, so I used that while trying to adjust the tension. Finding the right tension took less time than I thought it would.
Once that was done, I still felt like I was forgetting a step, but I wasn't sure. So I picked up the assembly pamphlet I downloaded from the Ashford web-site to look through it. It is a funny booklet, because there are no words! It is all pictures with little smiley or frowny faces to let you know the correct way or wrong way to do something. I turned to look at a page and it hit me. OIL!! I forgot to oil it. I did, then gave her a couple for test whirls. She is running so smoothly. "She" still doesn't have a name. I either haven't heard or thought of one that fits, or she just may not need one. I haven't decided yet. Any ideas?
I just can't wait for my class tomorrow at the Michigan Fiber Arts Festival. I'm so excited!