Episode 21: Unintentional Spinners
Thank you for listening to Episode 21 of Just One More Row! In this episode, segments include On The Needles/Bobbins, Finished Objects/Yarns, New In The Queue, If I Was A Rich Girl, and we do a few announcements. For our discussion this week, we talk about how we picked our spinning wheels, what criteria we use when evaluating a new wheel, and some tips for how to pick your first wheel if you’re considering buying one. We look forward to hearing from you on the Ravelry group, and feel free to leave us a message on this post as well!
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On The Needles/Bobbins/Spindles:
Dana: Iced Cardigan, BFF Socks, Cream & Sugar Cowl, Handspun Scrappy Scarf; KnittyandColor Merino in Aokigahara, Periwinkle Swirl BFL on Turkish spindle (mentions Hemlock Ring afghan)
Brittany: Candy Stripe Raglan (mentions Try It On Tubing), Early Morning Beret, BFF socks
Dana: Chris’s Rocky Socks, Japanese Maple handspun thick/thin singles (152yds) (here’s the Etsy listing) (mentions the Cherry Garcia cowl)
Brittany: Wildflowers from Beesybee fingering weight (334 yards)
New In The Queue:
Dana: Rocky Coast Cardigan by Hannah Fettig (some notes on Coastal Knits: available for preorder for $22 plus shipping and is due to release/ship on Oct 15, but if you preorder now you get a special preorder package! 2 patterns from the book including Rocky Coast Cardigan and Rustling Leaves Beret, 2 coupons for patterns from KnitBot and Never Not Knitting, and a shopping list bookmark that has the yarns used and the yardage required for every pattern in the book!)
Brittany: Cascade by Raya Budrevich (free)
Discussion: How We Chose Our Wheels
In this segment, we talk about what how we decided on our wheels, and what criteria we used to pick them. Dana ordered her first wheel, her Fricke ST160, in October 2009 from Spunky Eclectic, and paid it off in payments by mid-December 2009. She learned very quickly that she prefers double treadle wheels to single treadle wheels, and decided to sell her Fricke to get another wheel in early 2010. She asked Morgaine from Carolina Homespun to bring a Kromski Sonata and a Majacraft Suzie to Stitches South so she could try them both, and she decided on the Suzie pretty much immediately. The Little Gem II travel wheel followed in November 2010 when it popped up on the For Sale Or Trade thread on the Majacraft group on Ravelry; it was too good of a deal to pass up!
Brittany didn’t originally intend to learn to spin, but on her first trip to SAFF last year, she became a convert. She tried several different styles of wheels, but had her heart set on a Saxony style wheel until she tried the Kromski Sonata and fell in love immediately! She knew she had to have that wheel, and it ended up being her Christmas present from her husband. Susan from Susan’s Fiber Shop gave her an impromptu lesson on the sales floor at SAFF:very sweet! Brittany got a chance to spin on Dana’s Suzie, as well as another friend’s Schacht Ladybug, and got mini spinning lessons from a lot of people at SAFF.
Dana’s criteria for spinning wheels: easy to carry/portable, room to grow as your skills develop, lots of available accessories, pretty to look at (mentions Howard’s Feed and Wax for treating the wooden parts of spinning wheels)
Brittany’s criteria for spinning wheels: asthetically pleasing(dark finish wood is a must!), hardy design, room to grow as your skills develop, large drive wheel for more momentum
We recommend that anyone who is looking at getting a spinning wheel sit down at as many wheels as possible before buying one- you don’t know what’s going to be the best fit for your body until you try it! If you have a spinning guild close by or a spinning friend with a wheel you can try, then have someone sit down with you and explain the parts of a wheel to you so you can tell the differences between the different features of a wheel. Don’t close your mind to a particular style of wheel until you’ve tried it; you don’t know if you’ll love it or hate it until you try it! If you have special physical considerations (like arthritis, bad knees, bad back, etc.) then call up a spinning shop or spinning instructor and ask them to make recommendations based on your particular needs. Be on the lookout for used wheels on both the Used Tools & Equipment board on Ravelry, as well as the For Sale threads on the individual wheel manufacturers’ groups on Ravelry, because sometimes you can save as much as 30% by buying a gently used wheel! Don’t try out a brand new wheel with slick fibers like merino; use corriedale or bluefaced leicester wool because it will give you a better idea of how the wheel works. Ask people at fiber festivals what they love about their wheels and ask for recommendations; do your research!
Here is a guide to the styles of wheels, so you can get a visual of the terms we discuss in this segment. We hope this discussion is helpful to those of you that are looking to buy your first wheel. If you have any more questions, don’t hestitate to PM either one of us, or ask your question in the Ravelry group!
- SAFF is October 21-23 in Asheville NC. Signups for classes are still open if you want to take one- not all of them are full! It’s also a good idea to get yourself on the waiting list for a class; you never know if someone will cancel last-minute! We are still looking to do a meetup, and if you’re a vendor who would be interested in hosting our meetup, please contact us! We’re looking to do the meetup on Saturday at lunchtime.
- Fiber in the ‘Boro is October 29 in Murfreesboro TN- and Dana is vending! She is sharing a booth with Lori (aka flutterbys on Ravelry), who has a wonderful new Etsy store, Deerfield Creations! She makes polymer clay stitch markers, WPI gauges, spindles, and lovely spindle bags! Dana will be bringing yarn, fiber, and handspun. We’d love to see you there!!
- For this month’s contest, we want to hear about your knitting technique challenges: what have you conquered, and what’s next on your list? Please leave a comment in Episode 20′s thread on our Ravelry group, or leave a message on Episode 20′s post here on the blog; we’ll count everybody who posts (just one entry per person, please- but feel free to chat as much as you want in the thread, as you’ll only be counted once!), and at the end of the month we’ll draw using the Random Number Generator for this gorgeous yarn!
The yarn is KnittinK’s Huntress base (40% baby alpaca/40% wool/20% silk) in Putting The Poison Back In Ivy; this skein has 252yds/3.5oz. We can’t wait to hear about your knitting challenges & triumphs! We’ll draw at the very end of the month, right before we record Episode 22.
- Dana is looking for recommendations for honeymoon locales. She and her finacee are wanting to go to the beach, probably somewhere on the eastern seaboard, and want to know if you have any recommendations of nice beaches that are affordable. They’re going at the beginning of May so it’ll probably have to be in the southern half of the US. If you have any recommendations, please leave a comment on the episode thread on Ravelry or shoot Dana a PM. Thank you!!!
- Thanks so much to everyone who’s left us iTunes reviews, they mean so much to both of us! If you haven’t left a review yet, we’d really appreciate it, because they help us pop up in knitting podcast searches of the iTunes store.
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