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« on: December 13, 2007 08:06:43 PM »

hello!

if the stars align properly this winter, i'll be getting my hands on a spinning wheel. I'm thinking that the Ashford Kiwi would be the wheel for me. I've looked at the review that's in a Livejournal community. But I'd guess I'd like somemore opinions.

I've never spun before, so I'd like something that 1) I can learn to start on, as well as improve and experiment on. and 2) I'd like to keep it under $400.

So, given those two parameters:
1) could the Kiwi fit need #1?
if not, which wheels out there do you lovely experienced spinners feel that would fit both of those needs?

OH! also...I'm left handed. And pretty dominantly so. Dunno if that matters so much with all of the wheels...but...thought i'd throw that in there....

thank you all!
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« Reply #1 on: December 14, 2007 09:55:36 AM »

I LOVE my Kiwi.

And yes, it is great for beginning spinners.  It is not very "finicky" and is an easy wheel to learn on.  There are also attachments that you can eventually purchase, such as the jumbo flyer and the hi-speed attachment, so that the wheel can keep up with you as your skill improves. 

The orifice is smack in the middle of the wheel, so being left-handed shouldn't be a factor in performance.  It's a nice-sized orifice, and accomodates bulky yarns relatively well.  I imagine that the jumbo flyer would have an even bigger orifice. 

I really have no complaints about my Kiwi.  I took a spinning class during the fall and was able to try out some other wheels.  I liked the Lendrum, but the Louet drove me batty...the treadles caused my feet to overextend downward, and the hole in the flywheel (which is a balance that ideally is supposed to aid beginners in treadling clockwise) became really problematic when I was trying to ply.  Eventually I started bringing my Kiwi to class, because...well...I just liked it best of all!  Just a matter of personal preference, I s'pose.  I do know some people who really love their Louets. 

Granted, the Kiwi isn't as pretty as many wheels, and it isn't solid wood.  The good part about that is that it doesn't weigh a ton, so it's relatively easy to transport, in the front seat of your car, say.  It doesn't fold up like some wheels, but I really haven't found that to be a problem yet.  The main complaint with Ashford wheels is that the bobbins are smaller than many wheels, but the jumbo flyer would take care of that problem as well. 

And really...you just can't beat the price!  Smiley
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« Reply #2 on: December 16, 2007 06:37:19 PM »

Hi Harsmina,
  I only spin on Kromskis, so I can't tell you anything about the Kiwi. Do you have a spinning guild nearby? Maybe you could try one out, or even buy a used one from someone. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: December 25, 2007 05:00:42 AM »

i also have a kiwi and i love love love it.
i have had it for a year and i got to the point where i wanted to do more so i added a jumbo flyer to it and now i love it even more.
i think a kiwi would be a great wheel to start you off!
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