Slytherpuff;; The Stuff of Legend
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
I'm highly geeked out and excited right now. Last night my stepdad said he would build me a spinning wheel!! A SPINNING WHEEL!!!!!!! I haven't tried one out yet, but I plan to head down to Woolbearer's (lys) to test theirs out. I also was up until 2AM last night researching the crap out of the different types. I highly covet the Ashford Kiwi, or the Saxony - I like that one too. My spinning on a drop spindle is alright, not great. Mostly because I spend too much time focusing on the twist and drafting and the triangle than paying attention to how fast the spindle is spinning. I've never dropped it yet (but that's probably cause it's that featherweight from the Louet learn to spin kit), but my spinning has never really evened out with the spindle spinning. And I know the spinning wheel confuses some people, but I've looked at so many videos of people using theirs and I get it. I'm pretty sure I could sit down at a Kiwi right now and start spinning like a happy camper!

So far I know that I want a double treadle, single drive scotch tension, and I haven't decided if I want an upright or something more like a saxyony style (OMG SLEEPING BEAUTY). I also think I want a build in lazy kate, especially if I go with the saxony style since there's plenty of room to add some customization in there. I was thinking I might get him to make the wheel, the treadles, and everything and maybe buy a flyer kit from ashford if he can't figure it out, because that's the most important part - the business end of the spinning wheel lol. I also wasn't really sure what size wheel I wanted. I know the kiwi is 17.5" in diameter, and I saw a saxony one last night with a 22" diameter. The size of the wheel would only affect my ratio, correct?

Also, there's these videos I found of Tara from Blonde Chicken Boutique on youtube that are actually way helpful for my research (and pretty amusing, actually). They're here.


posted by Penelope Caerphilly @ 9:20 AM  
  • At February 4, 2009 at 12:36 PM, Anonymous Tara (The Blonde Chicken) said…

    Congrats on your soon-to-be new wheel! You're totally right that a bigger wheel = different ratios!
    And thanks for mentioning my videos - glad they're amusing! Once you get your wheel, if you have any questions, just ask and I'll answer it (either on the blog or with a video)!

  • At February 5, 2009 at 10:39 AM, Blogger Rowena Weasley said…

    Ahh, so I am not the only one adventuring on new fiber adventures! Though, chances are a wheels is much more expensive than Kool Aid! Hahaha!

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Wish List
In no particular order, a list of trivial and non-trivial things that make me happy, none of which you need to get me, but I hope you get some ideas from the list:
  • Knit Picks Options Nickel plated needles size 8
  • Knit Picks Nickel Plated circular needles
  • Tea; I love sweet teas like chamomille, earl grey, ginger, etc
  • Pens; I like cool pens, I don't know why, I just do. I steal all of the good ones from the office I work at haha!
  • ANYTHING DISNEY. Especially Alice in Wonderland (specifically Alice, Mad Hatter, or Cheshire Cat); Beauty and the Beast; Little Mermaid; Sleeping Beauty; Cars; Wall-E; Eeyore or Tigger
  • Anything VINTAGE, especially from the 40s and 50s.
  • Anything to do with Audrey Hepburn, the woman is my idol!! Breakfast at Tiffany's is quite possibly the best movie ever made!
  • Penguins, Elephants, Otters, Badgers, Snakes, and Lions make me happy
  • I love patterns. Plaid, polka dots, vintage victorian flowery patterns, stripes, etc
  • Imagination sock yarn. [ unicorn, mermaid lagoon, pixie dust ]
  • Jewelry. Whether it's handmade, or from a place like Claires. I love to accessorize! I love necklaces with small and large pendants, especially Fleur de lis, Elephants, Birds (Owls, Sparrows), and Skeleton Keys
  • Photography. I'm a huuuuuuge fan of photography. I love stock photos.
  • Art! I love art as much as I love photography! You can see my DeviantART page to get a feel for the sort of styles I like!
  • Anything cute that has to do with sushi! I collect chopsticks :3
  • Anything to do with Pirates! ARRR!!
  • Music! I love discovering new music! Make me a mix CD and I will love you! Right now I'm in a moody girl music mood. I have a playlist with Taylor Swift, Erin Mccarley, and Demi Lovato. If you want to know what's in my iTunes, just ask!
  • Stationary / Stock / Matte cards
  • Nailpolish!
  • Bodywash / Hand lotions / Perfumes / Loufas / etc
  • Anything to do with the seasons. Winter and fall are my favorites, but I love having random things about them all!
  • Headbands!
  • A sock blocker! I've finally started knitting socks, and I don't have anything to block them on! [ medium sized 7-8, if that matters ]