Hobbies are expensive. I know I shouldn’t add another one but technically, spinning is related to knitting and crochet. I mean, how else would you get the yarn to knit or crochet? :P
Here’s my new wheel!
She is an Ashford Elizabeth somewhere between the ages of 25-30. My best guy friend humored his crazy fiber-related-crafts-enthusiast friend and drove her some 300 miles into the mountains to bring this baby home (plus an extra 150 miles the opposite direction to pick up some hand carders).
I kinda feel like she was too expensive for her condition (good but missing a lazy Kate and bearing many scratches and dings and dents). Her wheel is also ever so slightly warped and she had a lot of gunk on her for a wheel that was hardly used (so I was told). However, I’m glad I rescued her and took her home as mine because this poor baby was neglected and wasn’t assembled correctly, which made her wheel look even more warped than it really is.
I was going to originally buy another wheel, an Ashford Traditional, but they keep getting away from me! I found one at a yard sale yesterday with all the stuff a beginning spinner would need and would probably have gotten that one if I hadn’t already bought this wheel. Ah, blame my lack of patience and inability to see the future. Besides, this wheel is probably worth twice the price of what I paid, so everything evens itself out.
I still haven’t gotten to spinning wool on it but I will as soon as I card my raw fleece. Maybe one day, I’ll get an angora rabbit and harvest fiber right at the source. But sadly, that is not happening anytime soon. I think I’ll end my long winded post now. :)