My Wheels

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Ashford WheelJust for fun, here’s a tour of some of my wheels. Like most spinners, I can’t just have one.

My first wheel was an Ashford Traditional wheel that I found at a garage sale. It lived in my living room with its driveband-less, wobbly wheel for a couple of years before my husband declared it was either going to be restored or going to the curb. That weekend, he re-glued the two halves of the wheel which had separated, while I cleaned and restored the finish. With help from the spinners at the Manasota Weavers Guild (Thank you Jean!), I got it adjusted and spinning.

Ashford Spindle

I scored a spindle for the Ashford wheel during the auction at the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

Maryland SheepShearing a Sheep

Timbertops WheelThe Timbertops Suitcase breaks down completely. In fact, it traveled to the Sheep and Wool Festival in my suitcase.

Ladybug Wheel

The Schacht Ladybug Hand Spinning Wheel is a delight. It’s my favorite traveler. You can change the whorls without changing the belt. With the on-board lazy kate, everything is very compact.

Matchless WheelThe Schacht Matchless Spinning Wheel is spinning llama from Prevo of Riseland Llama Farm, GA. I’m planning to knit a throw. That will be in a future post under the category “Spinning Wheel Alpaca & Llama”.  Yes, that’s a Woolee Winder on the Matchless.

Prevo Llama

The bobbin of my newest wheel, the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel from SpinOlution (an amazingly full featured wheel with well thought out innovations in the price range of an Ashford Scholar spinning wheel, Babe’s Fiber Garden, Ashford Joy or other “starter” wheels) is filling with Louet Koala (Louet seems to be one of the spinning and weaving supply companies I use most for both equipment and fiber.)  I’m spinning the Gaywool Merino/Silk for a beading project.  Watch for it to post soon.  I’m waiting for a bead order from Fire Mountain Gems.

Mach 1 Spinning Wheel

I am so excited about my newest wheel, the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel, that I’ve devoted a page to it alone.

Left to right, Ashford Bobbin, Timbertops Bobbin, Schacht Bobbin, & SpinOlution Bobbin

As you can see, the Mach 1 bobbin is huge; it’ll take 8 oz.  I’ll be posting a technique for taking advantage of large bobbins when spinning exotic (expensive) fibers.  Stay tuned for more on the Mach 1 Spinning Wheel and others from my collection.


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