Monday, April 28, 2008

Hitchhiker Tuneup

After fighting with the wheel for 6 months I took this with me to the CT Sheep and Wool Festival and had David Paul from the Merlin Tree give it a once over for me. I love this little wheel for the portability, but man the ability to use it has been pretty hampered as it was noisy, and seemed to have a wobble to it - which it did due to a broken wheel bearing... which David replaced at no charge. The gals at Stitch N Bitch will all be happier for the lack of obnoxious clacking.

It works beautiful now, due to the combined efforts of both my Father in Law and David, and betwixt the two I now can spin pretty much anywhere... infact as I type this, the wheel is in the trunk of my car and is going to be brought into the office with me tomorrow so when I get stressed out I can spin on lunch and relax again.

We have a wedding to go to over the weekend, and this little wheel will be coming with. Right now I have some Alpaca on the bobbin from Hunter Hill Alpaca's in part because a very dear friend finally lit a fire under me and said she realllllllllllly wanted some that I'd hand spun. ;-)

In my fiber chest I also happen to have some Cormo/Angora, Cormo, Romney, Bison, Bombyx Silk, Ramboullet, Mohair, Navajo Churro, Merino, Tussah Silk, and Tencil. I'm sure I've forgotten some - but in good time it will all end up either given as gifts to my knitter friends, or sold in my Etsy shop.


thinggtwoo said...

:D SO glad he tuned up the HHm, and YES, I'm waiting for some of your Handspun Alpaca - :D!!! :)

malegra said...

Wow. I have had SO many problems with my HitchHiker in the year that I've owned it, and am heading to Maryland Sheep and Wool this weekend to have Dave take a look. Many folks tell me that I should know that it's a noisy wheel; I try to explain that I know that... my friend has a HH... but mine is way beyond normal loudness and wobble!

I know I was missing the clip that goes on top of the whorl, which I replaced last week from a hardware store. It helped a great deal, but there's still something not quite right with the wheel.

I've posted a thread on the HitchHiker board of Ravelry describing my problems. Someone messaged me and mentioned your blog post.

I'm so thrilled to hear that you found a solution. I so want to love my HitchHiker, I really do! Hopefully I will, after this weekend. Thanks for posting!

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