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    Here's one of my Tools....Spinolution Mach I converted to a Mach II by adding the larger bobbin whorl. It works great. My husband made the lazy Kate and some of the extra bobbins.

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    #2
    It's beautiful. I would love to take a Spinolution wheel for a spin some day.

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    • Bettymo
      Bettymo commented
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      They have so many varieties. I'd love to try out some other ones too. I also have a hopper but the one in the photo is so easy to spin. Do you spin? What wheel (s) do you use if you do?

    #3
    Whoa, those are seriously large bobbins on that wheel!! What’s the capacity?

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    • Bettymo
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      4 oz plied I think.

    • yarnforall
      yarnforall commented
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      That’s a good amount!

    #4
    What an interesting treadle design!

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      #5
      Bettymo- I don't know how to reply to your reply to my comment and keep it all lined up. Yes, I spin. I have been learning at it for about 8 years now. The last I spun was tunis in 3 ply fingering (Finally) for socks.

      I have a lady bug and would love another wheel BUT my bug does everything I need a wheel to do now. I do look at the spinolution wheels and think I"m going to have to try one some day and see what they can do . They look so interesting!! Do you find yours is better for spinning fine or thick yarns ?

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      • Floppy2
        Floppy2 commented
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        I have the same issue with replying to comments where there is no reply button. I end up using the QUOTE button, go to the member's page.

      • Grammaresa
        Grammaresa commented
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        For some reason there's not comment button on the first post in a topic. But all the rest do so I try to just piggyback on the appropriate one or make a new comment if no one has already.

      #6
      Callielw The one in the photo Is an older one and it spins with one big toe. It has a huge range but I don't fool around with my settings too much. It is super easy to spin because you are treading in the same direction that the wheel is spinning. This one I use for all yarns but my Hopper is more for thicker and/or art type yarns. It is a powerful wheel.

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      • Callielw
        Callielw commented
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        I read somewhere that all the spinolution wheels were more for thick yarn but I can't see that as being true. :I've never gotten into the art yarn. I'm working hard on fingering and smaller for the kind of knitting I do. Can you get a good fingering with yours?

      • Grammaresa
        Grammaresa commented
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        Callielw Several of my friends at a spinning retreat had them and they were able to spin anything the rest of us were doing.

      #7
      Callielw I can get thin yarn on both of my Spinolutions. They are not just for thick or art yarns at all. The Hopper in does have a stronger take up but I can always go around the posts to slow it down but have never really needed to. I get a really good fingering on the Mach II and the Hopper too. They really are versatile and a very good design.
      Last edited by Bettymo; 08-02-2019, 08:53 AM.

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      • Callielw
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        I have never spun with a spindle successfully. A friend loaned me her needle felting tools for a class I was teaching, so I asked my hubby to print her out a spindle whirl. I actually got into yarn arts because I saw a felt hat that I loved. It was very simple and beat up and worn but I loved it and decided I need to get one. I looked online and the first site was a knitting pattern....so I thought, Okay, I can do that. So i went out and bought a flock of sheep and learned to spin yarn. I still don't have the hat.

      • Bettymo
        Bettymo commented
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        That is a great story. Callielw

      • Callielw
        Callielw commented
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        Now that I re-red it, I see how disjointed it is. I did deliver a spindle to a friend today. I hope she does well with it. I tried with too heavy of a spindle for what I was spinning and didn't get why the ply kept breaking.

        Do you ever get 'constipated' from having so many projects in mind that you want to work on/learn to do? I have so many things floating around that I have a very difficult time picking which one to concentrate on.

      #8
      Callielw I get so paralyzed sometimes with what to do next I sometimes just jump into something totally random that wasn't even on my mind. I have 4 things going right now and need to finish at least one thing. I totally get what you are saying.

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      • Callielw
        Callielw commented
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        Glad to not be alone. Some people/artists just seem to have a vision and then they jump into it. I see what I want, get it started and then life comes along and when I pick it back up again, I can't remember what I was doing it for. Most recently, I bought roving from 4 different breeds of sheep to experiment on sock yarn. I did 2 ply and chain ply and extra twist and 2 plies on direction with 1 the other....and made the cutest little skeins and then they sat on my desk for a while and now I don't know which one is which from what wool. Don't I wish I'd spent 3 minutes putting tags on them. But even that doesn't make me stop spinning. I really dislike multiple projects. Putting one down is pretty much death to it. I force myself to finish one before I start on another. Which can make the first one not so much fun.

        I'm learning about the journey thing. Enjoy it all and such. Getting better slightly.

      • Bettymo
        Bettymo commented
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        I lose track of everything...what it is, where I got it. how much there is....everything. I guess in the long run it doesn't matter. But I do mentally spank myself.

      • Callielw
        Callielw commented
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        Does that do any good? I think I'd still forget. I've been giving my wheel a workout this week. 900 yds of 2 ply fingering and DK. I love spinning. I did some reviewing on spinning bulky yarn. I think it ended up super bulky.

      #9
      Callielw No not really. Wow great spinning. I've been spinning off and on. Working on a braid, unidentified, from a guild sale. It came with a Kundert spindle. I haven't tried the spindle yet. I'm pretty sure it's Merino. Seems like it's going on forever so it will most likely wind up fingering.

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        #10
        I'm multicraftual when it comes to fiber arts. I also have ADD so I tend to jump from project to project like an amorous toad. I've found that keeping a project journal has been a lifesaver. I use a good old fashioned daytimer type binder with tabs for each craft (knitting, weaving, spinning, etc). Each project has it's own page with pertinent info, and for those with patterns, there is a copy of the pattern in a sheet protector with notes on where I am in the pattern. It can be a cumbersome system, but it works better than any other that I've tried.

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        • Bettymo
          Bettymo commented
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          Great Idea...I like that "multicraftual" heh
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