I had to. I couldn’t help it. I cannot focus on the paper I am writing because I am so distracted by the idea of a spinning wheel. It is all I can think about. What kind? How much can I spend? Where will I put it?
I know this isn’t supposed to be an impulse purchase, but I think I’ve just made a great choice: The Lendrum DT Complete. I’ve been reading and re-reading reviews, comments, shop descriptions, and this is the best fit for me for the price.
For others agonizing, here’s why I picked the Lendrum:
(1) Small, but heavy enough that reviewers say it doesn’t “feel” like a travel wheel.
(2) Can travel. Because I’ll likely need support, and that means going to the local guild.
(3) Can be tucked away into its bag — my apartment is teeny.
(4) intuitive. The videos at Paradise Fibers’ website show how simple it is to put together and use. I like the way the kate is designed, I like how the bobbins come off the flyer, I even like the little storage place for the orifice hook.
(5) it is maple.
(6) it comes finished, so i can spin immediately, don’t need to go find the right stain or oil, and don’t have to agonize over whether the money to get a finished vs. unfinished wheel is worth it.
(7) scotch tension. good for beginners, and it makes sense to me. which matters.
(8) the Complete models come with: a tensioned kate, 4 bobbins, a bulky flyer and head, and a high speed flyer. when i realized this, and did some quick calculations in the realm of what these elements would cost were i to get a different wheel, i got out the credit card.
(9) it is SO pretty.
(10) it will be here AFTER i finish this paper, which means i should be able to focus now. eeeeee!
time to write, i hope.
ETA: Of course, the second I finished posting this, I got a call saying that Lendrum DT Complete are backordered. So…I called every shop I could find online and found a Lendrum DT without the plying head or fast flyer – last one in stock. It ships tomorrow. (!!!!)