|First off, I have to show
off my own spinning wheel =)
It's an Ashford Traveller, made in New Zealand. This is a "castle" style wheel with the bobbin on the top. It's not like the one Sleeping Beauty used.
It has a dark colored stain making it look like an antique, but it's only about 10 years old.
How did I pick this wheel? Let's start off by saying there is NO universal "perfect" wheel. Everybody has different tastes & needs & budget constraints...my perfect wheel is probably not the same as the next spinner's. I picked this one because it's small (my home is tiny) and it's portable. I also liked the way it looked =) It's easy to use & replacement parts/bobbins are easy to find. AND I got a great price for it!
|*pic coming soon*||My spinning wheel tools:
Hanging from my wheel is an "orifice hook" or a threading hook to pull the yarns through. I made this one myself from braided copper wire (I was into wire jewelry making) and some lampworked beads. Heh, it's a little bent from my "one-step" threading =)
I also have a pair of scissors for cutting yarn to tie figure-eights around my finished skeins. This keeps them from getting tangled.
|*pic coming soon*||Leaning against my wheel is my Niddy Noddy - a device to wind
yarn into skeins. It's just made from regular unstained wood. The two end
pieces are removable for easy storage. I normally just twist one end flat &
hang it on the wall. It's from Ashford too...really inexpensive & a great time
saver. Anyone starting spinning should get one...it's a billion times better than
using the back of a chair!
One loop around the "niddy" is 5 feet or 1.5 metres. This makes it easy to calculate yardage on a skein.
|*pic coming soon*||My wheel has a built-in-bobbin rack. I have a bunch of bobbins & it seems like I can never get enough. To make a two-ply yarn, you need at least 3 bobbins. I have a Lazy Kate too...they're not really lazy since they hold onto the bobbins =)|
|**Always remember to take the tension off when you stop spinning**|
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