In fact, it's something really good.
I don't know how I've kept it quiet so long.
It's been keeping me busy lately.
Getting used to it, feeling it's rhythm.
Well I always say that going to our Guild meetings is a wonderful thing, and visiting and re-visiting the sales table is a must, things get brought in throughout the first hour or so of the meeting. Members de-stashing can bring some joy to someone else.
So do you know what I came home with that day?
No, not more fleece!
Okay, suspense over, I came home with this ...
Lovely isn't she? She's a Louet, solid oak and spins just lovely. They don't make them in Oak anymore, they became too expensive to make. It's an older model and they originally build for spinning bulky yarn - it has a large orifice and the bobbins are massive! They will hold up to 8 ounces/250g of wool, that's a whole lotta yarn. Just look at the size of the bobbin compared to the Ashford bobbin!
It can obviously still be used to spin finer yarns which I am doing at the moment but it's great to have a wheel that could do really bulky yarn too without having to buy the jumbo flyer for the Ashford wheel. She spins quite differently to the Ashford traditional, all wheels I've tried feel different, this is so smooth and relaxing.
Lovingly it has had one previous very careful owner, a friend of mine at the guild and a great spinner - I've seen lovely yarn spun on this wheel by her. She felt it was time to part with this wheel, she has others and this one she just doesn't use anymore. So I gained a beautiful wheel and at a very good price too. I have been looking recently to buy a traveller style wheel, something easier to take to meetings and events, and this came at the right time.
lots of carded wool ready to spin ...
... stored in my preferred method - old pillowcases!
... and the resulting spun yarn
it takes a while to fill these bobbins!
Imogen loves this wheel and is eager to have a go, which I said she could once I'd got used to her rhythm.