My trusty Lendrum has a new little brother–a Louet Victoria.
I found a wonderful deal on the Ravelry Spinners Marketplace for the little Louet. He was little-used and lonely, living in Hawaii. Do they even have sheep in Hawaii? I offered him the opportunity to come to Minnesota where we have lots of use for wooly hand-spun and he jumped at the chance. That is to say, the footman jumped and the wheel twirled a bit. Same thing, really.
Why do I need a second wheel? In June I’m planning to go to Black Sheep Gathering in Oregon (yipee!) and I ‘m determined to take advantage of the spinning workshops and other learning opportunities. This wheel is perfect. It’s one of the lightest of the available travel wheels and, in its travel case, it’s small enough for an airline carry-on. This wheel is also perfect to carry to spinning parties and classes, and to take on car trips.
The Lendrum is still the superior workhorse wheel. It’s both stabler and more versatile than the Louet. But no worries. I don’t intend to foster sibling rivalry. They’ll both get plenty of attention and exercise.
Did you really ask “Why do I need a second wheel?” Silly girl, you don’t want to get started defending wheel acquisitions or you’ll have a hard time when you end up like me, coming home with the fourth one… It’s like a puppy, it just followed me home. 🙂
As for the reproachful feline, I definitely understand that. My little boy Westie just lays at my feet near the wheel and pouts until I stop spinning to give him some love.
Thank you. Looks like I have a long way to go before I hit “too many wheels” limit.
Limit? What is this limit of which you speak? 😉
My drop spindle and I are so happy for you 🙂
I should really visit my drop spindles soon. They’ve been languishing in their storage bag.
Really? You’re going to mention Bob Ross without providing a mnemonic for those who can’t place the name? http://youtube.com/watch?v=YLO7tCdBVrA
That clip is amazing. Amazing.
For those who still miss this reference even with the help of that wonderful remix video (thanks woodelf), Bob Ross always used to paint trees in pairs, with a “friend.” I don’t think he ever painted a tree on its’ own.
*hangs head in shame*
Spinning wheels are like rabbits where multiplying is concerned. It didn’t take but a few months for me to go from none to two!
Had a vision of my house with spinning wheels hopping about and copulating under the tables. Thanks for that.
Two wheels! Oh, I love it. I really am going to have to learn to spin this winter… Also: any word on a wedding shawl? I can’t wait to see what you chose!
I *think* I’ve made a decision…but only insofar as I’ve purchased a pattern.
I have so many Christmas knits to finish that I think I may leave the deciding and yarn purchasing until I am done with those. Because if I start now, I’ll be consumed with interest in THAT project and won’t want to knit anything else.
Wow, you’ve been bit hard! I’m still not good enough with my drop spindle to justify the expense of a wheel, but I’m getting more jealous by the second.
welcome to your new friend I hope the other is not into siblings’ issue right now!
Hah. So far that remains to be seen. The new one seems to be getting more attention. Although really both are being neglected because I have Christmas knitting to finish. Way behind. Sorry wheels. Maybe you’ll get some exercise over the holidays. I feel like a dog owner who wasn’t been walking her dogs.