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ChroniclesofYarnia 01-05-2006 06:47 PM

What kind of spindle/wheel do you use?
 
Yay! We have a spinning forum! :)

So, what kind(s) do you use, and what do you love and hate about them?

I used a Louet spindle (the one with the sheep on it), and it was ok, I was just bad at spindling.

I have a homemade Louet-alike wheel I got off of ebay for a steal, and am currently trying to decide on what color to stain it. I really love the wheel! I've found that if you are treadling slowly that you can get the little black knob stuck at the top, but other than that it is perfect!

Also, do you have a name for your wheel/spindle?

Vendie 01-05-2006 07:07 PM

I own an Ashford Kiwi and I'm babysitting an Ashford Traditional. I love my little Kiwi (that's what I call it too :D ). It's portable, cute, has a nice drive band and smooth take up...now I just have to get used to using it. I don't spin everyday, so it seems like everytime I start I'm a bit fumbly.

VickiIL 01-05-2006 07:11 PM

Re: What kind of spindle/wheel do you use?
 
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Originally Posted by YarnMommy
Yay! We have a spinning forum! :)

So, what kind(s) do you use, and what do you love and hate about them?

I used a Louet spindle (the one with the sheep on it), and it was ok, I was just bad at spindling.

I have a homemade Louet-alike wheel I got off of ebay for a steal, and am currently trying to decide on what color to stain it. I really love the wheel! I've found that if you are treadling slowly that you can get the little black knob stuck at the top, but other than that it is perfect!

Also, do you have a name for your wheel/spindle?

I have NO idea what my drop spindle is. Although I am not doing that great of a job at using it either. I feel like I need three hands and then all would be ok.

My DH surprised me last night by saying i can get a wheel. We are going this weekend to "test drive" a couple. I am thinking about the Ashford Kiwi and the Ashford Traditional. They are both in my price range. I am kinda leaning towards the Traditional because I like the traditional look. But I want to try them both out to see which one feels better to work with. ( I have a habit of choosing things for their beauty rather than their functionality.) I just can't wait until Saturday :cheering: :cheering: I feel like my kids on Christmas Eve!

Vendie 01-05-2006 07:13 PM

Re: What kind of spindle/wheel do you use?
 
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Originally Posted by VickiIL
( I have a habit of choosing things for their beauty rather than their functionality.)

I'm like that with shoes! And I have the blisters to prove it :rofling:

heartknits 01-05-2006 11:47 PM

I just got my first wheel for Christmas. I couldn't spin squat on my spindle. It was just making me mad, especially when my hubby could!! My wheel is an Ashford Traveler and I absolutely adore her! I named her Elisheva. The funny part is my hubby loves to spin almost as much as I do but really prefers to spin cotton, I love wool.

VickiIL 01-06-2006 10:12 AM

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Originally Posted by heartknits
I couldn't spin squat on my spindle. It was just making me mad, especially when my hubby could!!

I am so glad that lack of ability with a drop spindle doesn't seem to translate into using a wheel. I just can't seem to figure out how to spin the spindle at a good rate and draft the fibers at the same time. I feel like I need at least three hands. :thinking: Maybe four! I was worried that if I couldn't use a spindle I won't be able to use a wheel.

We are picking it up tomorrow :cheering: :cheering: I can't wait!!!

heartknits 01-06-2006 11:40 AM

Oh I'm soooo excited for you!! Be sure to post pictures of your newest family member so we can see and gush appropriately!! :cheering:

Marnie 01-12-2006 10:59 PM

I only spin on a spindle, at this point. That will probably change soon ;)

I have three spindles, two Goldings and a Kundert. I love them all but my goldings make my heart go pitter pat :inlove:

lisa e 02-27-2006 03:46 AM

I have a Fricke wheel which I adore.

I have a bunch of spindles. I've got 2 Sleeping Beauty's, a couple of generic top whorl, an Anna Lee bottom whorl, a teeny tiny fimo clay, a couple of CD spindles which I really really :heart: , and my pride and joy spindle is my Cascabella Zuni Wind Dancer. Oh and I also have a Spindolyn.

I like spindles and I like collecting different types. One day I'm going to talk DH into making them.


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