Wheel Spinning

 my wheel

I am now the proud owner of my very own spinning wheel! I’ve been thinking about buying one for a few years, but had been reluctant to go ahead for a couple of reasons. I wasn’t sure I would use it enough to justify the cost, or the space it would take up – we don’t have a particulaly small house, but my husband does sometimes comment on how much space my knitting and crocheting stuff takes up ( to be fair to him though, this is probably more down to my untidiness than anything else!)

We don’t live near a spinning wheel outlet, but I had planned to visit P&M woolcraft on the way to visit my parents at Easter to try a few wheels. Unfortunately, I couldn’t wait that long, so I went ahead and  bought the wheel I always thought I would buy – an Ashford Joy double treadle, mainly because I liked the way the wheel looks, and also the compact size.

 I know these are not the best reasons to choose a wheel, but I am alsolutely delighted with it. I find it easy and comfortable to use. It doesn’t get in the way when not in use (it fits neatly under my computer desk when folded), but when I want to use it, it only takes a couple of minutes to get it out and set it up to start spinning.

When I bought my wheel (from Wingham Wool Work – great service), it came with a £25 fibre voucher, which I used to buy a variety of fibre to practise on.

I’m really enjoying wheel spinning. I’ve already completed my first wheel spun project – a storm cloud shawlette using a two ply camel /silk blend spun from fibre bought with my voucher.

The camel/silk was  easy to spin once I got the hang of it. The finshed yarn was lovely and soft, and although not very consistent, about 14 wpi.

handspun camelsilk

Here is the finished shawl – a nice, quick and easy pattern. I would definitely make it again.

camel silk shawlette

I’ve also spun up the rest of the green hand dyed fibre I used for my crocheted cowl. I’ve got about 400 yards about 16 – 18 wpi. I’m using this to make an Ishbel shawl.

Ishbel - progress

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8 Responses to “Wheel Spinning”


  1. 1 lunarawe March 1, 2009 at 4:20 pm

    Congratulations on your new wheel! Definitely a worthwhile investment. What is that loveliness that you are currently spinning? I love the colors. Also, I am impressed that you started with camel silk! Lovely to spin but not what I would call an easy fiber to start with. Nicely done!

  2. 2 Diana Foss March 1, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    I took a spinning class, and the Joy double treadle was definitely my favorite of all the types of wheels I tried.

    Very pretty yarn and projects!

  3. 3 milobo March 1, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    The fibre on the bobbin is a superwash merino/ nylon blend from Warratah Fibrecrafts on Etsy. I’m spinning this up for a pair of socks.

  4. 4 Stasia March 1, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    Congrats on your new wheel! I love my Joy (and I have other wheels… I think you made a great choice.)

    Your work is beautiful!

  5. 5 Penny March 9, 2009 at 11:42 am

    I bought some of that camel/silk fibre, and am really excited to spin it up. It’s next after the sock yarn I’m finishing right now! :-) It looks beautiful, so I’m even more excited now!

  6. 6 apixiegirl April 15, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    I love your spindles from the previous post. Do you mind me asking how you like them and which is your favorite spindle of all.. (^_^)

  7. 7 milobo April 15, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    The spindles are Bosworth (midi and mini) and IST craft. I don’t really have a favourite – I love them all!

  8. 8 BlondiKnits June 5, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    Oh, wow! Is that an Ashford Joy? The kilted short kid has one — it is so convenient to take to classes, etc. Congrats on your new wheel.


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