Ever since learning how to spin on a drop spindle, I've been jealous of seeing other knit bloggers spin entire piles of wool in a single evening. I knew I wanted to try spinning on a wheel, but I didn't want to invest a lot of money in something I've never tried and might not like. When Santina and I visited The Lamb's Wool, I was psyched to learn that they rent spinning wheels on a monthly basis, and if you want to buy the wheel, the rental fee is applied to the price of the wheel. I really want a wheel that can be portable, and I was looking at some folding options, but the woman at the store advised me to try out this Louet S51. She said it's great for beginners and you can spin any weight of yarn on it. I also bought the book Start Spinning so I'd have a guide for when I was on my own at home and some vanilla colored roving that was affordable so I wouldn't feel too bad if I messed some of it up.
Well, before long I was on a roll and spinning up lots of my roving in no time! I was so excited that I picked this up, and my yarn was coming out way more consistent than I could get it on the spindle!
After I got my yarn all plied up and washed, I was SO EXCITED. Although it's bumpy in a lot of spots. I made two skeins of completely usable yarn! I am so proud of these two skeins. I thought it was going to be boring to spin plain old vanilla roving, but the finished product is so beautiful! They are soft and squashy and I LOVE THEM. I have no idea how many yards they are, but I can't wait to knit something out of them! I will definitely be spinning more on this wheel, and I think I'll probably have to buy it now!