I can't wait to get the new issue~ All About The Wheel! This is such a great idea and I'm sure it's loaded with info we can all use. I have 2 wheels and they spin fiber so differently. My louet I adore & use it more often but I was given an old wheel with no name, don't know who manufactured it and can't find anything about it. My husband trhinks maybe someone built it for his wife but I don't know. It is older but antique, it's beautiful & I love it and it spins so fast!!
Post a picture, There's bound to be someone here (world wide) who may know something somewhere.
ok, its a great idea.
Got my Spin Off Fall issue in the mail yesterday and it is a fabulous issue, packed with articles all about wheels and also some great patterns!
can't wait to get mine!!
will post a picture of wheel as soon as I figure out how!!~
this issue is so great!! Read it right away from cover to cover. Now I'll go back & read things again. Great issue.
I am SO excited to see that Spin-Off has an article about the DODEC spinning wheel! I first saw this wheel a couple months ago when a group was started on Ravelry.com for it. I've already built one (from pine), have two more cut from red & white cedar (one for me, one for a friend) and have cut another from pine for someone who didn't have the equipment to do their own cutting. My original wheel has been promised to a friend who wants to learn how to spin.
This is my very first wheel .... and I am having SO much fun! I have used drop spindles for about a year now .... but a wheel is a whole 'nother story! I can create yarns that I would never touch with a drop spindle .... I just finished my 3rd yarn with my wheel ... 4 ply, using 2 shades of green (held together & spun as a single), 2 shades of blue (again held together & spun as a single) and 2 strands of a holographic embroidery thread (one silver, one blue) ... the finished yarn looks like waterfall ... or the ocean off the shores of my beloved New England (which is what inspired it).
I am SO glad that Spin-off is running this article ..... it puts the possibility of a wheel within the grasp of those who have dreamed but thought they could never afford to have a wheel. Like me ....
Thanks for showcasing The DODEC! I built two over the summer. One for me, and one for a friend. I have spun about 400 yards of BFL so far. I jumped into this project right at the beginning on Ravelry. I could not get the plans fast enough!!!! It really works well and sure beats the heck out of a drop spindle when you really want to spin a bunch.
so it works good? I am thinking of finding someone to build a couple of these for the Children's Hospital in Mpls. hmmmmm good to know it works well.
Having two wheels myself, a Louet and a Kiwi, you are absolutely right about how different they spin. The kiwi I use as my go everywhere wheel but my louet is for my fine work. I spin on it my more delicate fiber, both are great but for different reasons. I also heard about this new issue is about the wheel. I am excited for this issue to come out too. I just love this magazine. It's all about what's important to us as spinners and what problems we may encounter and how other people developed their passion for spinning. This is a lost art that is slowly making a come back.
My have wheel will travel!!
Get your husband to make you a lazy kate. This one will take both my Louet bobbins and my kiwi. They are easy to make and you get to decorate.