Meet the Siren

No, this isn’t a firehouse post.  Keep reading!  However, Flickr has washed their hands of my problem, so I’ve forwarded their last email to IT Auntie, and hopefully she can figure out what is going on.  Sigh.

Almost two years ago, I got talked into my first spinning classes.  I earnestly believed they really were just to give me a working knowledge of fibers.  Several of you laughed knowingly.  I hated the drop spindle, but bought one anyway.  Long story short, I eventually bought a sweet little Bellus wheel from Heavenly Handspinning.

I called him Bellus for over a year, knowing that he needed a name of his own.  I’ve never cared for the practice of calling people by their last names, which I guess is how my crazy mind categorized the name Bellus.

Why yes, that is the wee one, wondering why the Siren is on top of the hot tub…  She’s turned out to be no trouble at all when I spin.  I do have to put my fiber up when I step away, even for a second, but she’s content to snugle at my side, sit in my lap (not my favorite spot for her while I’m spinning!), or she’ll go play, all without ever jarring the wheel.

Perhaps this would be a better post if I’d cropped the photos, but deal with it, okay?  Y’all can pop over to Flickr and look at any of the photos in whatever size suits you, and yes… that was typed with some bitterness.

Double treadle and a free wheel inspection

At any rate,  here’s a photo of the treadles.    That’s a must for me – two peddles, to keep me centered while I spin.  That’s also why I love a castle-style wheel, meaning one that doesn’t look like the spinning wheel most of you think of when you hear the words.

The Siren is a great little wheel.   You can read the specs on the link above, but it’s under ten pounds – another requirement for me and my back – and yet it is solid-feeling.  I’d never spun with Irish tension before I ordered Bellus, but I like the simplicity of it. 

For those of you who don’t spin, the left side is where I sit,  and the right side is the “back” of the wheel.  Again, it’s a very simple set-up, and it was great to learn on a wheel with so few parts.

Orafice and the not-inspector

I am half-heartedly shopping for another wheel, but not because there’s anything wrong with The Siren.  The Siren is a great little wheel, and I wish it got more press and respect.  It is less expensive than many wheels on the market, but that doesn’t reflect inferior craftsmanship.  The Fords make a nice wheel, mostly of wood, under 10 pounds and under $250.  Jan spins laceweight regularly on her wheel (a single treadle, I believe).

See Sissy up there?  She and The Siren aren’t friends.  While Gretchen likes the creature that allows her to snort fiber, Sissy finds the spacetakerupper very annoying.   It’s almost always precisely where she’d like to sit, stand, walk, etc. 

Now, about the name.  Ruth gets the credit.  She left a comment about a week ago, cautioning me about “the siren call of Bellus” and it clicked!  Of course a former firefighter, now married to a fire chief, would have a wheel named after something related to the fire service.  I’d considered other variations names siren-related, but nothing else felt right.  I love a siren, and rather demand to operate said noisemaker when I do run a call.

I like an air horn – a real air horn, not some electric or computer-generated knock-off  – but there are no poetic references to an air horn, unless we make the leap to a fog horn on a ship, and I don’t believe those tie in to spinning so well.

So, what’s up for your weekend?  I don’t have a single thing planned, other than getting the fur-girls out for some walks while the weather is nice.  More reading – I’m almost finished with Underdog – and of course, some spinning and knitting.  I do have an FO, but I’m waiting to see if it fits first!

18 comments on “Meet the Siren

  1. Blond Duck says:

    Spinning sounds really relaxing!

  2. Sue says:

    An old friend used to have a lovely spinning wheel, the kind most people picture when you mention the words. She didn’t spin, it was just ornamental there in her living room. I often looked at it and wondered if it was something I’d enjoy. I decided the answer was no, but I still would like to have that wheel.

    Tomorrow we help Bessie get to her new home. We pick her up at 9AM and drive her about 100 miles to the next carrier. After that no big plans. I’d like to finish a few things. I have so many projects partly done.

  3. Marjie says:

    It’s so funny that the 2 girls react so differently to the same thing. I always wanted an ornamental spinning wheel, too, but I wanted a treadle sewing machine (got!) and grand piano (got!)and big harp (nope!) more. We all have to choose, right? Weekend: Jeff and 2 of the girls coming home tonight. Baking starts Sunday. Big food delivery Tuesday. Collapse from exhaustion Friday. Have fun with the girls!

  4. Anita says:

    I like the new name, Siren. 🙂 Sissy likes bobbins though, they make good chew toys. SNORT
    Your wheel inspector is awefully cute….

    Don’t forget “O Christmas Tree” this weekend! LOL

    Me? I’m making markers, Christmas tree light troubleshooting, & spinning! 🙂

  5. AlisonH says:

    So now it’s the sweet Siren call of spinning, with a capital S. Enjoy!

  6. p3knitter says:

    That really is the coolest wheel I have ever seen. Nice yarn ya got going too!

  7. Barbara says:

    I am so very impressed! I never have done any spinning and really know nothing about it so I am reading your post with great interest.

    But I did take weaving in high school. (Went to The Cranbrook Schools in Michigan; don’t know if you are familiar with these schools or not- very arts oriented.) I made placemats, some unusual fabric and a small rug. Have not done it since, but found it fun, relaxing and creative.

  8. Julie says:

    Oh, how I would love a spinning wheel. There is just no room in our home right now. I will live my dreams through you… Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it greatly.

  9. Barbara S. says:

    Well, Hubband and I will be looking at a memory care center on Sunday afternoon (and they even have openings). And I suppose I will be booking an airplane ticket…..
    I also plan on doing a bunch of sewing tomorrow and hopefully some knitting.
    (Hubband just handed me way too hot Wasabi Crackers without warning. Fortunately Sadie loved the one I didn’t! Silly girl looooves her some Wasabi!)

  10. Yeah for naming the creature who demands your attention! I too love the inspector. Weekend plans? Another craft sale needs my attention in the mnorning, then….??? Oh, and knitting.

  11. Sandy says:

    What a cool little wheel! I was surprised when I saw the price on the website. Maybe one day…..

  12. Grace says:

    Siren is so cute!!!

    I so far have had no desire to spin, I lost all interest in reading when i became obsessed with knitting, I used to read close to 200 books a year now I don’t remember the last time I read one, although I still buy them, especially knitting fiction

    Sorry I haven’t been commenting alot lately, my head is in the clouds and I am reading and commenting now to try and get over the panic attack that is ravaging me at the moment. Tom is working—primo knitting time and I have a doozy of an attack.

    Hope your weekend is wonderful my friend Lots of hugs for you and the girls and the KNight if he wants one!

  13. Kathy says:

    So I have you to blame when I save enough money to purchase the Bellus…….LOL

  14. Bubblesknits says:

    No big plans at all. Just relaxing and trying to get over this sinus crud. Might do some spinning. Hrm.

  15. Blond Duck says:

    I hope you had a lovely weekend!

  16. Krystle says:

    I like my drop spindle when I have time to do it, but I would love a wheel! Yours looks just grand! And you’ve been spending a lot of time spinning lately, and you’ve been producing beautiful yarn! I’m glad you have so much fun with it!

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