I’m pretty excited about my latest purchase. It’s the fantastic Ashford Country Spinner.
I have used my smaller Ashford Kiwi wheel for years. It’s good for a lot of stuff, but it couldn’t really handle large, bulky yarns. The bobbins fill up way too fast, and the flyer isn’t really optimized for dealing with bulky yarn.
|My bobbin from the Kiwi Wheel - too quickly filled-up.|
The problem was that I really had my eye on art yarn. It appeals exactly to my artistic sensibilities. I want to create something unique, something one-of-a-kind. I have a whole herd of sheep of varying breeds - each one’s wool bringing it’s own unique qualities. I have angora rabbits happily growing luxurious hair. I have an eye for color, and I love dying my fiber to suite my taste.
So for heaven’s sake, I needed the right tool to take advantage of all these opportunities.
You know how it is, when you get into that “shopping / research” mode. It feels almost like a little obsession. I spent a long time looking online for the larger wheels. I compared products and prices. I finally found the wheel on eBay, where the guy added spinning oil and an extra bobbin for the same price as most people wanted for the wheel itself. So I snatched it up.
It took a couple of hours to assemble - and that was with the help of my husband and a delicately-wielded electric drill to screw everything together. But I must say, I am impressed.
|The bobbin swallows 2 1/2 pounds of yarn! The larger flyer is especially designed for big yarn.|
|Note the difference. It's like night and day.|
I’ve haven’t had the chance to spin very much with it yet, but what I've done has turned out wonderfully!