“What goes up, must come down, spinning wheel got to ’round . . ”
lyrics by David Clayton-Thomas, performed by BS&T
No, no, I’m not joining a 60s band. No, I’m not trippin’ on anything. I’m in the market for a spinning wheel. I have been toying with the idea for quite some time, but I’m ready to get down to business and seriously compare my options. For a while I thought I wanted an alpaca farm so I could have alpaca for “free” (giggle, giggle, snort, snort). After spending a lot of time researching, alpacas are not for me. I don’t think we’d be able to responsibly care for the cute, fiber-bearing critters. For our lifestyle if we were going to have livestock, sheep would better suit us. Before we invest in sheep, long before, I’d like to learn to spin fibre (that’s the cool spinner’s lingo for the stuff off the animal). In order to spin fibre into yarn, I need a wheel or a spindle. Since I’d like to spin and ply in volume, I’m looking at wheels. Making yarn can be fun 🙂 Then, once I’ve got the knack of spinning, I need to step back and learn to process the wool from the sheep (carding, washing, etc), to shear the sheep and how to raise sheep (mostly in that order). Wow, that’s quite a list.
I think I’d like a “travel” wheel. I like the idea of compact, easy to carry and store. At this point in time, our house is cozy and the wheel won’t receive daily use so storage and portability is key. Since I may want to spin upstairs, outside, at a friend’s house, and I can only imagine where-I’d like it to be portable. I’m obviously going for best quality for the money, but I don’t have an unlimited budget.
If you have a wheel you love, please share. If you have a wheel you didn’t love, please share. Do you process your own animal fibre? Please share. For now, I’m off to research. I’ll share updates as I have them.