Once I had the hang of spinning on my lovely new wheel, I trawled through the fibre stash and found some Merino fibre that was given to me quite some time ago. Lovely blues and purples, and I knew exactly what I wanted to do with it.
Earlier this year, there was a bit of buzz on Ravelry with a particular new pattern. Bigger on the Inside is a pretty shawl that is an homage to the TARDIS from Doctor Who. Whilst I love the idea of it, I really didn’t want it as a shawl. HOWEVER, I’ve long wanted a Fourth Doctor (Tom Baker) scarf. I had toyed with the idea of knitting one at some stage, but the sheer size of the thing seemed a bit ridiculous for Sydney weather. So I decided to take the two elements that I liked about the shawl, and decided to alter it so I could knit myself a Doctor Who inspired scarf, instead.
So I spun, and spun. Learning the nuances of my new wheel. I have discovered that it is too easy to overspin on it, so I’m going to have to learn to compensate in my drafting/peddling. My yarn is a little more energised that I genearally like it, but it did come almost balanced off the wheel.
Once the yarn was done, I sat down and decided how to effectively put this piece together. I ended up flipping the TARDIS chart on it’s head, so I could knit it from the base up on one side, and top down on the other. After deciding on spacial framing of the TARDISes (2 each end), I decided that the “Vortex Lace” would be the majority of the scarf. I should end up with a scarf with two blue ends, and a lot of wibbly-wobbly, time vortex purples in the middle.
While there will be no more scarf weather THIS year, I will be all set up for next winter!
For a few years now I’ve been yearning for a more portable spinning wheel. Because whilst I love my Ashford Traveller, it really doesn’t travel all that well. It’s not that it doesn’t fit in my car, but it isn’t the kind of wheel that is easy to take out and about. Quite frankly, the thought of spinning in random public places is kind of exciting.
So started the research! What wheel could I buy that would allow me to spin as diversely as my Traveller? How easy is it to set up/break down for use? What was available in the current market place? How would cost affect my purchasing decision? What about spare parts and repairs?
My first port of call were two wheels that are somewhat readily available in Australia. Mostly because they’re made in New Zealand. The Ashford Joy and the Majacraft Little Gem. In the end, while readily available, both were a little north of my ideal price range. I then figured if I had to look north of my price range, I may as well look at wheels from further abroad. Louet, Spinolution, and Kromski all had suitable solutions, but I just couldn’t justify the cost. Especially the cost of additional parts should anything go wrong!
So the search continued. My attention turned to a little wheel, and before long, I knew that it was the right wheel for me. It’s small, easy to set up, not difficult to repair should anything go wrong, uses Ashford bobbins, and customisable.
Say hello to my new Merlin Tree Roadbug! Isn’t she darling?
I opted to go for the double treadle option, also snagging myself a jumbo flyer while I was at it. Dave at The Merlin Tree was fantastic during my purchasing process. There were many questions that were asked. I’ve yet to decorate her, and I’m also considering a little alteration, so that the second treadle is more permanent, or at the very least I don’t have to remove it every time I want to pack up. I have some ideas.
When I get up to all of that, it will give me a chance to give the Traveller some love.
Not quite as much progress as I’d like, but it’s getting there.