is new again...
Some of you may know that I began this textile journey by spinning and dyeing. Then I got sucked into the warped side and simply didn't have the time or energy to spin and set that aside. Except a few years ago, spinning wheels kept showing up in my life. Unfortunately they weren't the 'right' wheel for me and I kept trying and not enjoying it much.
After talking to a couple of people, I decided I needed a wheel with a much higher ratio to accommodate my supported long draw style of spinning and got a Canadian Production Wheel.
Unfortunately Larry (after the maker) is old, a true antique. As such he's a bit - shall we say - testy, at times. He is also not conveniently portable so I tend to leave him at the guild room and only spin up there. Which is not exactly convenient for the guild room, storing a rather large delicate piece of equipment.
After my surgery, though, I got started on spinning more seriously and find myself thoroughly enjoying coming back to this craft. It is fun to create truly one of a kind yarns. Buying a blending board means I can make the rolags I prefer to spin from and I can make unique blends.
I don't weave with my hand spun yarns. Spinning has become a true 'hobby' - an activity that I do just for the pleasure of it. I knit with it, then give those items away to friends or for donations to worthy causes. There is far too much labour in hand spinning and knitting to have many people willing to pay a price that acknowledges that and rather than sell these items for pennies, I'd rather they just be gifts.
With the restrictions on using Larry, though, I have been looking around for something with a high ratio/speed plus a level of portability that would make it possible to say, spin at the fall fair or other public demonstrations.
Recently I had a bit of a windfall and I contacted Questionable Origins to inquire after their new electric spinning wheel. I had heard about it last fall and - considering spinning is a hobby, not my business - hesitated to invest that much money into a new wheel. Except that when I checked around, 'regular' spinning wheels were not that much cheaper and did not provide the aspect of portability I was looking for. While there are other electric spinning wheels, this one came with some features that I felt would be helpful. Since I had almost the exact purchase price burning a hole in my Paypal account, I tossed caution to the wind and ordered a Device (as they call it).
In the meantime I have borrowed an electric wheel on which I ply my singles and one day when I'm feeling brave I will try to actually spin singles on it. Because my Device should be here in June.