Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel
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The Ladybug Spinning Wheel is friendly to entry-level spinners, easy to treadle, easy to take with you, andas cute as a bug! The Ladybug has the characteristic solid Schacht construction and its unique design is both functional and charming. Designed-in carrying handles in the legs and light weight make the Ladybug easy to pick up and transport. An optional attached tensioned Lazy Kate integrates into the front leg and makes it easy to take along, too! The Ladybug Spinning Wheel uses Scotch tension, and can also be used in double drive mode. The Ladybug comes with medium and fast flyer whorls; the slow and high speed whorls can also be used for a wide range of ratios. Included with each Schacht Ladybug Spinning Wheel are a poly drive band, threading hook, three bobbins, medium and fast whorls, and double drive band. Each Ladybug Spinning Wheel is unique - somewhere on your wheel is your very own Ladybug pal.Wheel diameter: 16"; Orifice: 3/8"; Ratios: 7, 9, 10.5 & 12.5 to 1; weight: 12.5 lbs; height: 29". You can use your Matchless bobbins and whorls on this portable wheel! NOTE: Wheels shipped after April 1, 2012 will have the travel bobbins instead of the solid wood bobbins. Optional: tensioned attached Lazy Kate (attaches easily to the front leg & accommodates up to 4 bobbins), slow speed whorl, high speed whorl, extra bobbins (regular and high speed - see below under "bobbins").
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1. This is an easily transportable wheel, but it's not a quick-collapsing portable wheel. Having seen the collapsible wheels, I don't think they're the way to go unless you really do plan to move your wheel daily or weekly. Even then: this wheel fits in the car easily, so is technically transportable at 13.5 lbs.
2. The actual process of spinning (and for me: learning to spin) on this wheel has been a dream. The foot treadles are smooth, the construction is solid, the tension is easy to manage, and the orifice is big enough to pull through thicker yarns (nice before you get the hang of thinner drafting). It's very well geared, very easy to oil, etc.
3. There is some talk about single drive and double drive wheels; this one can go either way, with Scotch tension option for beginners. I don't know why you'd go with single drive myself, though, as the double drive was easy to learn on with both feet going.
4. I considered trying to make my own wheel, but now that I see this in action, I'm glad I didn't try it. This spinning wheel is actually a pretty technical piece of equipment, involving gear ratios and tension in perfect harmony. And harmonic this wheel is!
5. The last thing I'd say is that it's very, very empowering to spin your own yarn. Just knowing how something so basic as yarn is made, and then knitting something you spun, is an outstanding feeling. Every knitter should spin at least once, I think.