Lovely Sheep painted wheel Wish I knew who did this!
I was dancing on the internet Saturday morning before heading to the shop. Before my first cup of coffee, and I completely forgot to write down WHO the person was that customizes these Louet wheels.
Keep in mind that the painted side of the wheel is facing outward, so there’s no chance of you getting motion sickness while spinning.
I think it’s funny that we try to keep our equipment as pristine as possible, when in fact it should stand out from a crowd, and say something about who we are (not to mention making it easier to FIND our wheel in a room full of spinners).
Spinners as a whole are generally a little quieter than quilters. I say “Generally” because this is not always the case. If there are a room full of spinners in a class room setting, they tend to go inward as they process the new information. However, there are many social gatherings where spinners are not so quiet and the chatter is endless. When they are in familiar Spinning Territory, the ZONE, they know their chops and are just in production mode. If you are on the outskirts, observing, you can usually pick out the newbies. We lose control of our yarn, and are frequently left with un-spun fiber, and can be seen hunting all over the bobbin, looking for the end that spin off at 40 miles per hour.
Spinning does have speed limits. It is prudent to know that like driving a car, their is highway driving and what I refer to as school zone driving. Texting, and chatting on the phone is not advisable in either case. And the polite thing to do is to take you phone outside the circle to talk. Talking on your cellphone is disruptive to others, and we really don’t need to know about your neighbor’s pregnancy test.
Courtesy suggests that when people compliment you on your spinning, you say “Thank You”. It’s always polite to watch others spin and to ask them about their spinning. Questions like “How long have you been spinning?”, “What kind of a wheel is that?” and ultimately, “How many wheels DO you have?”
If you are interested in Spinning, find a guild where spinners go. You will find every imaginable wheel present in the room. Find a shop that carries more than one model, so that you have an opportunity to try them. Prices can vary from $350 upwards of $2000 and maybe more. I cannot say that a beginner should be considering a $2000 wheel but if they have it to spend and price is important, be sure to leave the price tag on it when you take it to your meeting. They will be really impressed. Find a shop that offers lessons. Fine one where they understand that you may have a budget in mind, and they help you stick with it. If they offer you a payment plan so you can stretch your $$ all the better!
Start with Merino, maybe a splashy color, so you can have some fun. Take some time to feel the fiber turning into yarn as it leaves your fingers. Give it a name, it may remind you of Kermit or Bert. Meet other spinners, they are kind to beginners, because they were beginners once, too.
Beautiful colors to inspire the new spinner
Share your enthusiasm for your craft, and show it on your wheel! Find someone who knows the real you who can personalize your wheel, and you will enjoy it for years to come!