During the Christmas holidays I got together with 2 friends to do some spinning. I was trying to do some art yarn with a Lendrum wheel I rented from local guild, Ottawa Valley Weavers and Spinners Guild.
I borrowed it because it had a bulky head with a large orifice. Unfortunately the drive band was really tight so it made the wheel very difficult to treadle so I didn’t get a lot done but learn that I would like to do some more art yarns, so now I am saving to get the bulky head for my Ashford traveler. I had a little trouble trying to ply one batch and ended up with a big tangle of yarn.
My friend Judy brought her Babe Big River Spinner wheel for us to try.
It’s an interesting wheel made from plastic pipe and it has a quill (long sharp spike) rather than a flyer.
You have to spin off the end of the spike. It is a very fast wheel and you build up to much twist very quickly. It was fun to give it a try.All in all it was a fun day with friends even if I didn’t end up with much yarn to show for it.