My new spinning wheel has arrived. An Ashford Kiwi 2 with a super flyer! I’m so excited.
I learnt to spin (badly) on a drop spindle a couple of years ago but wasn’t interested in using a spinning wheel. I had an image in my head of the pictures from fairy tales of huge room-filling, ornate wooden objects in dark wood that just did not appeal. At some point I spotted a more modern wheel and fully intended to buy an Ashford Kiwi 2 the last time I was in New Zealand as we would be driving right past Ashford’s shop in Ashburton. Before we got there, we met a lady in a market in Raglan who was spinning on a beautiful modern upright spinning wheel that looked like a carved work of art. She told me that what I really wanted was a Majacraft and so a seed of doubt crept in and I didn’t buy my new wheel at that point. Once home I researched further and discovered that she was right; I did really want a Majacraft. Unfortunately, they are a tad pricey.
Then I discovered that Ashford have brought out a super flyer to go with the Kiwi 2 for making art yarns. My decision was made; back to my original choice. I would buy the Kiwi 2 which will spin most of the yarns I want as it is, with a super flyer for chunky art yarns, and a high speed adapter for fine yarns. The day I decided to take the plunge and order it, I noticed that a couple of shops had dropped their prices, probably due to the drop in the New Zealand dollar combined with the strong pound. Then I discovered that a lady called Jane Deane who lives in Tavistock in Devon (and who conveniently was visiting our local Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers this week to give a talk on dyeing) also now sells Ashford products. She managed to get me a really good deal on the Kiwi 2 and all the extras, better than the larger companies and said she would deliver it too!
The traditional spinning wheel I have been borrowing from the Guild has been fun to play with but it’s not really designed to make art yarns, so I am really looking forward to using my new wheel. I just have to put it together now…
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