Knitting Conundrum: To Spin or Not to Spin

I’ve been saving up for something for a while now, and I soon might be able to get it.. There’s one big item that I’ve been dreaming about since I was little. That one item I coveted since the stories of Sleeping Beauty and Rumpelstiltskin. But! I need some advice.

Here’s where you guys come in, should you be keen:

Should I get a spinning wheel? What type/brand should I be looking at?


5 thoughts on “Knitting Conundrum: To Spin or Not to Spin

  1. How exciting! In terms of which wheel to get I would recommend trying as many as possible. Another resource is Ravelry, which has a spinner’s market place that frequently has wheels for sale if you are thinking you would like to try used. As for the wheel itself I would say you might want to consider what kind of spinning you want to do (long term) because some wheels will lend themselves to different types of yarn more readily. Another thing to consider is if you want to travel with your wheel (affects the style you want to get.) Someone more versed in wheels can probably help you decide on a single vs. double treadle option. I chose my Prelude because it was smaller, and maintained the “traditional” wheel style. I went with Kromski because their bobbins are supposed to be bigger and are interchangeable with all their wheels. The disadvantages with my wheel (as I see them) are that it doesn’t travel well (read pain in the butt) and it is a single treadle (one foot peddle) which gives me slightly less control (not that I have noticed at this point.) Okay this is getting pretty long, if you have any more questions feel free to contact me (address is on the blog.) Hope this helps.

    • Ditto what introverted knitter says. Borrow a wheel and try it for a while. Then give it back, even though you’re convinced no other wheel could be better, and try another. Find a retailer who will let you hang out and spin for a while and try a bunch. Good luck. Try lots.

  2. I’ve had my Schacht Ladybug (Adele) for about 6 months and adore her. I knew I wanted a Schacht wheel after doing my research and tried their Matchless, Ladybug and Sidekick at at shop close to home. Spinning is my new obsession! Adele is perfect. Good luck and happy spinning 🙂

  3. I just got a drop spindle. It was $10 and I thought it would be a good way to learn about spinning without committing to a super expensive wheel. I don’t know the first thing really, you may be way ahead of me. I also found a spinning group (via ravelry) that meets in my local library. I’m going to start attending their meetings to get the low down on things.

    • A spinning group is a great way to get started! Then you can get some insight from more expert spinners. I may have to see if there’s a group near me as well. I’ve even thought about taking a class. There are some things that are just easier to learn with a teacher or guidance rather than online, and I think this is one of those for me.

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