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Friday, February 24, 2006
Good Spinning Wheels that don't break the bank
I had a few questions about my Babe plastic wheel, so I thought I'd answer them in a post so everyone that lurks and doesn't speak up will have the info too. Crazy - 2 posts in one day!
Let's start with the cheapest of all the wheels.
Babe PVC Wheels
This is just like my Barbie from the earlier post. The wheels are really sturdy and made well for a plastic wheel. They are light which may be their biggest drawback. If you are using a wheel like a normal person and not some speed demon production maniac like me, the Babe is really a good choice. In fact it's still a pretty good choice for someone like me, I just should have taken care of it better. Just one hint - If you get the skein winder, do not spin the wheel with the skein winder attached to it. I believe this was Barbie's downfall.
The next most in-expensize would be the S17 from Louet.
Miss Adrian at Hello Yarn has them at a really good price. I just became a Louet dealer but I'm not all set up - go to Hello Yarn. She has a great store, easy to use and she's a fabulous business woman with great srvice. She's even got one that she rents out. I have not used them yet so I don't know a lot about the wheel. Seriously, if you want an inexpensive wooden wheel, Adrian is your gal with the S17's from Louet.
After that is the KIWI from Ashford
I've heard that The Woolery has great prices and fab service. I've never dealt with them myself but if the raves are true then this is a really good place to purchase a spinning wheel.
After that the wheels are all over $300 and I'm sure you can find one no problem. In the $300+ range there are a ton of wheels.
If you have your heart set on a more expensive wheel and you want it now, but don't have te funds... give the Spinner's and Weaver's Housecleaning Pages a try. They have Wheels, looms, carders, fleeces and more. I constantly haunt these pages. That is how I was able to find my Bulky Salish Spinner.