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« Reply #30 on: August 28, 2006 11:49:58 AM »

I have tried several wheels and still haven't settled on the one that suits me best.  Trying them out without buying one first has let me figure out what I like and what I don't like however, and that has helped a lot.  Now when I see a wheel on sale, I know whether I have a viable chance of liking it or not and that's good, because I don't want to spend that kind of money on something I end up not liking.

So far, I know I like double treadles and specifically the Ashford Joy.  I borrowed a friend's Ashford Traveller for a bit and don't like it at all.  In fact, I prefer my spindle to it.  And from what I can tell, having a spindle first has made the wheel spinning much easier and smoother to learn/do.

I'm not saying you *have* to try wheels first, I just think it's a good idea before you plop down 500 dollars.
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« Reply #31 on: August 28, 2006 12:02:42 PM »

I completely agree. If I were to start shopping for one now I'd want to try therm. As a beginner, though, I don't think I'd have been able to tell the difference. I had a spindle first and for the life of me just could not get it. I've tried since too. Still can't do it. I don't know why. I wish I could. It would be easier to bring my spinning with me if I could only get the hang of a spindle.
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« Reply #32 on: November 29, 2006 11:55:12 PM »

We all promised that we'd post pix of the projects we made with the yarn we recieved.  I can't believe it, but I actually remembered! 

So, I just finished making one of my best friends (only reason I was willing to part with the yarn in the first place, really Wink) her birthday present with some of the yarn Frew-Frew sent me.  Long story short, I was shopping with said friend who bought some yarn exactly like the yarn Frew-Frew sent me, but she could only buy enough for wristwarmers - so I vowed to make her a matching scarf!  And, here it is, just glorious (the yarn's so soft and sqooshy!):


You must be psychic, Frew-Frew!  It's her favourite colours!  I can't wait to send it to her at school Grin  As soon as I get the chance, I'm making myself a scarf with the other yarn Frew-Frew sent me (I still need to decide on a wristwarmer pattern for the yarn knitwit sent me). 

What about everyone else?  Any FO's to display??
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« Reply #33 on: November 30, 2006 03:48:17 AM »

These handspuns are all so gorgeous!! Can't wait to get my wheel now! Cheesy
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