I Know You Wanna Hear About Christmas Presents..

And I swear that I’m going to tell you. But first things first, here’s an absolutely wonderful present that was all for me me me.

Ta-da!!

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This is my very own gorgeous spinning wheel! Isn’t she a beauty?? It was a present from my parents, and it was SUPPOSED to be the only one. (I can’t even tell you how completely my mother ignored that injunction. My suitcases were bursting at the seams when I came back from Christmas.)
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This is a Roadbug from the Merlin Tree, and it is sheer perfection to me. It’s tiny, which is excellent, because so is my apartment. Its also incredibly compact! There’s a built in Lazy Kate, and three bobbins, and one of the pedals comes off if you need it to be even smaller! I love how this is beautifully practical for the urban spinner. I also love this company, because the man who makes them comes to fiber festivals wearing a kilt and hose, and his wife showed me how to use the wheel before I even got one!

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Compared to my spindles, the wheel is INCREDIBLY fast. I tore through a braid of fiber in approximately four hours. That is just ridiculous to me! It’s been a pretty steep learning curve, to be honest. It has a very different feel from a spindle, and that was really throwing me for a loop at first. However, I did eventually get the hang, with the help of some lovely Three Waters Farm Merino/SW Merino/Silk. I’ll show you the finished product later, but here it is in braid form.

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And then all split up in preparation for spinning!

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I’ll show you the finished product later. It’s a bit thick-and-thin, and the learning curve is rather obvious, but it’s still some really nice yarn, and I quite like it! The moral of this story is that spinning wheels are awesome. Everyone should have a spinning wheel, and we can bury the world in yarn. The end.

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11 Comments

  1. That looks beautiful and now you’re making me want to learn how to spin!

    • DO IT! It’s seriously the single best thing I ever did for my stress levels.

      • I’m trying to get my knitting under control and do a decent job at that before I add 8000 more things in the mix, but I’ve been wanting to dye and spin my own because it looks like so much fun!

  2. Can you do a video tutorial and a link where to buy?

  3. Ha, my mother has a similar history of going a little overboard with Christmas gifts – she likes us to have stuff to open. 🙂
    That wheel looks cool – I love the foot-shaped pedals.

  4. I love my wheel! Three Waters Farm is one of my favorite fiber companies too!!

  5. Oh it’s beautiful and so is the fiber! Love the touch of whimsy on the foot-shaped pedals. Can’t wait to see more!

  6. Love the adorable and compact wheel and the fiber is beautiful. My favorite thing of all are the foot-shaped pedals!

  7. Congratulations on the lovely new wheel! Ah a mother’s love and Christmas, it’s hard to restrain. You’re going to make many wonderful things on there Lolly!

  8. onoodlesstitchcraft

    wheel envy- I have yet to venture into the world of spinning!

  9. Auntie

    My sweet niece, not only do you spin, knit, and blog, but your poetic reflections are a treasure. Missing you, miss Knits-a-lot. Trunk Monkey

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