New Spinning Wheel!

When I learned to spin about 2.5 years ago, I learned on a drop spindle, and I was utterly hooked.  Six months later, I took a class with the same teacher, Carol (who is full of awesome, I might add), on a double treadle Ashford Traveller, and loved it.

I was intimidated by the cost of a new wheel for a new-to-me hobby, though, so I took some time to investigate wheels and decided that while I was attracted to both the Ashford Traveller (which I had gotten to try), and the Schacht Ladybug (which I hadn’t, but heard great reviews about), I would try to buy a used wheel for my “first” wheel and see if I could grow with it before investing in a brand new wheel.

You may recall, that wheel was a refurbished Traub – single treadle, Irish tension.  It’s so unique looking and beautiful, even for all its battle scars, and I really enjoyed it.  It took me a little while to figure the tensioning out, but eventually I got humming along on it just fine.

That said – single treadle is not for me.  I have pain issues – using one leg to treadle all the time was causing knee, ankle and calf pain.  And if I was going to commit to a wheel with double treadle, then I also wanted a wheel with both Scotch tension and Double Drive. Why not go whole hog, right?

So, I started putting money away for a new wheel, and once again, the decision came down to being between an Ashford Traveller and a Schacht Ladybug.

I went with the Schacht Ladybug, as you can see here:

with my little ladybug friend here:

I decided on the Ladybug for a few reasons, including:

  • made in the USA with reputedly excellent customer support based in Colorado
  • the orifice is straight-on (not off to the left like on the Traveler – I feared I’d twist myself to meet the orifice on the Traveler, causing more back pain)
  • it is reputedly very easy to treadle, even for people with pain issues

There were half a dozen more very tiny reasons to go with the Ladybug, but those are the big ones. 

Last weekend we put her together, and I named her Lorelei, and spun and plied the entire weekend with nary a pain.  She spun like a dream!  I definitely made a good choice and am looking forward to getting to know my wheel better and have many happy years creating beautiful yarns. 🙂

[And btw, the Traub is for sale, as I don’t really have room for 2 wheels. Send me a message if you’re interested and we’ll talk! It’d make a great starter wheel for someone or would suit an experienced spinner!]

Published by Beth

I currently reside in Pittsburgh, having moved here in May 2008. I live with my husband Fred and life is really awesome. In the past few years I have completely changed my life (and I couldn't do it without support from family and friends). I now work as a writer and editor, and my favorite topics to write about are how to live a more positive life, book reviews, and sharing my crafts. Welcome!

2 thoughts on “New Spinning Wheel!

  1. Lorelei looks wonderful.
    I’m just at the Spindle stage of things so wanting a wheel may take some time but I will be watching for your results and following eagerly!
    Congratulations!

  2. @claireejknits: Thanks honey! Wheels are dangerously addictive. All I want to do is spin and I have other things I need to be doing that I tend to put off in favor of spinning (like hoovering, for instance. I REALLY need to hoover my floors). 🙂

    When you’re ready to try a wheel let me know if you have any questions. You and I have known each other for so long that I think we could grok each other on this level. 🙂

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