Repairing the Haldane Hebridean

My Haldane has had a rough time of it recently.  She was a working wheel, but when in the kitchen the front bearing went missing (this is a piece of leather that slots into the front maiden on the Mother of All).  While the bearing was missing the flyer was placed on a shelf. I thought it was safe there until the day something was grabbed off the shelf and the flyer was knocked onto the hard tiled floor.  Even as it hit I knew something was wrong.  The flyer arm was broken.

This happened quite a while ago and I’ve been feeling very guilty about it.

Anyway, last weekend the central heating was serviced and the leather bearing was recovered!  A slightly warm but otherwise unharmed part!

This gave me the impetus to look at the broken flyer.  I decided that the best approach was to glue it back together.  I didn’t want to use PVA (which I usually use for gluing wood) as it would need clamping and the flyer is a really odd shape for clamping.  I was also gluing wood to metal as well as wood to wood, as the flyer arm had broken near the middle of the flyer revealing the spindle that runs through the centre.  In the end I chose an epoxy resin glue.  I lightly sanded and cleaned up the areas to be glued; mixed up the epoxy resin and glued the part together.  It didn’t take long at all and this morning I was able to test it out.



I’m pleased to say that she works!  Now all she needs is a dust and polish.


A few days ago I discovered what happens if you move twice in the course of a few months, shove things (including worn but not washed woollens) randomly into bags and then leave the bags untouched for nearly a year.  There may be consequences.  And the consequences are m-m-m.ths. See exhibit a:


Now this is a lovely cardigan I knitted for my son using Twilley’s Freedom Spirit wool and EZ’s Tomten design.  The wool has pilled a bit, but otherwise it’s a nicely shaped cardigan.  I would like my daughter to use it.  Firstly though I needed to repair the holes (I seem to be blogging a lot about repairing holes!)

Fortunately I happened to keep the wool I didn’t use.  All two meters of it.  See exhibit b:


So, I pulled together my best grafting technique and grafted the holes shut.  Now they are not perfect, but I think on the back of a child’s jumper it won’t be too noticeable (exhibit c):


Sadly this is clearly a boys cardigan.  With long dark blue cuffs and long welt at the bottom of the cardi (as he had grown so much in the time I was knitting it).  At the moment this would drown my daughter (exhibit d):


So, I’m going to remove all the dark blue and add cuffs and trim in a more girly colour.  I found yellow in my stash (exhibit e):


Changing Seasons

I’ve been a little too busy recently to fit any crafting in: Ravelry, work and children have all absorbed my time.  However, it’s now autumn and there are some lovely treats that come with this season.  An unexpected one I discovered yesterday while out at a local English Heritage garden with the children and my mum.  The shop was selling everlasting (Helichrysum) flowers.  I bought two bags (they seemed cheap and I had a plan about wiring them up to make a display).  When I got home I poured them into a glass bowl, where they suddenly looked very pretty and I abandoned my plan.

Today I discovered that not only do they look pretty, but they are filling my kitchen with an amazing scent.  So I unexpectedly have a bowl filled with very pretty potpourri.


And just to bring this full circle, I really like the colours: yellow, pink, peach, almost white, purple and deep orange.  I wonder if these colours would work in a yarn?