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.