It's kind of ironic that I went out in the first heavy-ish snow of the season to test drive spinning wheels. Heh, heh. No, I'm not talking about doing donuts in the Tarket parking lot. I headed down late this morning to try out the Ashford Joy and Louet Victoria. Just at first glance I liked the Joy better. It looks sturdier, more stable, and I dig that built in handle. It was the first one I sat down at today. I had a little trouble at first but PJ made a minor adjustment on the tension and I was off and running. I kind of had already made up my mind but wanted to try the Victoria too because I've never tried a double treadle, plus the size of it and the included carrying bag were attractive to me. First off I noticed that because of it's small "footprint" it tends to rock back and forth just a tad when you're treadling. The treadles are teeny, and I don't have a teeny foot. I started to feel a little fatigue in the back of my calf way too soon so I know I would not have been able to spin for long periods of time at this wheel. It spins very nicely though. When PJ demonstrated how the Joy folds up for travel I made up my mind. It means having to wait until next week some time since she had to order it when she had the Victoria in stock, but I'm still very happy with my decision. Now all I need to do is find a good carrying bag for it. I didn't really care for Ashford's optional carry bag. It only has a shoulder strap. I'd like one that has backpack straps and tote handles (like the Louet carrying bag) so you have more choices. Backpack handles would be nice for longer jaunts with the wheel in tow. Anybody know where I could get a nice aftermarket bag for my new Joy?
I can't get this damn song out of my head. It was on the radio when I got to work Saturday morning, and I've been listening to it in my brain ever since. It's catchy and all, but enough is enough!!!
I've decided to buy another spinning wheel. I enjoy it more that I ever thought I would and I want a portable one I can take to the cabin or on other outings. I need something that will fold up and store away easily so my husband won't gripe about it being out and mucking up the house. I'm going to test drive an Ashford Joy, and a Louet Victora later on this week (when PJ opens for the week). I bid on a Louet Hatbox wheel on eBay (it was just so cute!) and lost out to a person in Australia. All I gotta say is he/she must have REALLY wanted that thing! I mean, the shipping alone is going to be steep.