Merry Christmas to me!

Aaronknits's picture

My next door neighbor bought me a spinning wheel. It's a Dutch wheel called Edammertje, one I've never heard of. I see a lot of them on ebay for relatively cheap prices and I understand they're not any of the "big name" wheels, but being that I don't have one and I haven't actually learned to spin yet, it'll be good for learning and practice while I decide if I want to invest in it further. I'm super happy!

I've put it together and have practiced a bit of treadling just to get a feel for how that's done. I'd made plans back in November with a woman I know to teach me to spin on a wheel. We had planned to start after the holidays. I'm hoping I can get some pre-class studying in before we start. I picked up the "Alden Amos Big Book of Handspinning" and "Spin Control" a couple of months ago to read first. I just need to get something to practice with!

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Joe-in Wyoming's picture

Very nice looking wheel. If

Very nice looking wheel. If it spins as well as a Louet, you will be turning out fantastic yarn in no time. Big bobbin and yarn orifice is a plus...you can experiment with various types of yarn and not worry about clogging the intake, as well as spin a long time before switching bobbins. Enjoy! -- Books, knitting, cats, fountain pens...Life is Good.

rjcb3's picture

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!! I

Absolutely BEAUTIFUL!!!

I certainly wish I had neighbors like yours. Don't know if the roommate would care much for that 'cause the house would be filled with fluff -- more than what's floating around already with four cats.

Best wishes and good luck learning to spin. It's one of the most fulfilling activities besides knitting itself.

OH, and by the way...

What to my wondering eyes should appear, but a real treadle sewing machine in the background? Oh...memories of me and my aunt. She had one and I a wheel and both of us were fascinated equally by each others' techniques.

Congratulations! Learning to spin is an awesome activity. You'll love it, really.

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Robert

WillyG's picture

YAY! I'm so happy for you!

YAY! I'm so happy for you! May this be the beginning of a beautiful relationship!

DutchJan's picture

DJ Edammertje??? that's the

DJ Edammertje??? that's the name also of a little piece of Edam cheese..:-) Looks similar to a Louet spinningwheel to me.. Have fun with it and greetings from Holland..:-)

kylewilliam's picture

a wonderful gift for a

a wonderful gift for a wonderful man! congratulations! now all you have to do is make beautiful things with it!

Happy Holidays!

Kyle
www.kylewilliam.com

jessemkahn's picture

it's got a cute name, too.

it's got a cute name, too. basically it means 'little edammer' or 'person from edam' (from my _very_ basic dutch). looks sturdy and like it should give you some good times. enjoy!

albert's picture

From what I can see in the

From what I can see in the photo, you have a single treadle, single drive scotch tension wheel, well constructed. I think you will find that this wheel will serve you quite well. Enjoy!

P.S. I haven't read the Amos book, but from what I have heard he is hyper opinionated- caveat emptor.