I bought a wheel. I have researched wheels online since SAFF last year. I have changed my mind at least 17 billion times as to which wheel I wanted, and last Friday, I finally decided on a wheel to get me started. And bought it.
I came across Susan’s Spinning Bunny online shop and found the wheel that embodies everything I’m looking for in a wheel. It’s an upright, it’s reasonably priced, it can travel relatively easily in a car and the accessories are also reasonably priced which means this is a wheel on which I can grow as a spinner. I am thrilled! It hasn’t gotten here yet, but I received confirmation yesterday from Susan that it had shipped out.
Here are the specs:
- 16 in. (400mm) diameter wheel
- 31 in. (800mm) from floor to orifice
- 3/8? (10mm) spindle orifice for spinning a large range of fibers from very fine to light bulky.
- 5.5, 7.5, 9 and 11:1 whorl ratios
- Weight Approx. 13 lbs (5.7 kg)
- 17?” x 15″ deep (450mm x 380mm) looking from the top (floor space)
- Four Five 5 ounce bobbins (website special only)
- Double or Single Treadles
- Scotch Tension – Single Drive
- Integral Lazy Kate
- Your choice of flyers — 5.5 & 7.5;1 or 9 & 11:1 (I got the 5.5 & 7.5:1 to start)
- 2 stretchy drive bands, plus one of our sticky bands
- Wooden handled orifice hook
- An extras kit which contains seconds on all hardware pieces –circlip, extra spring, grub screw, etc + a spare set of hooks.
- Clear assembly instructions.
- Excellent operating instructions
- GUARANTEE- all parts, materials and workmanship for 2 years.
- 4 oz. practice roving (This is another offer from Susan’s Spinning Bunny)
Total package price? $350 and free shipping. You just can’t beat that, now can you? There’s not a whole lot of information on the web that I’ve found on Baynes wheels, but what I have found are good reviews.
Also, Susan of Spinning Bunny is so great. She gets an 11 out of 10 for customer service. She e-mailed me to confirm my purchase and let me know how it would be shipped out, about how long it might take to get to me and asked if it was my first wheel. I told her yes and that I’ll be taking a class and she asked me to e-mail her when I get my wheel so she can send me some Baynes specific pointers to give my instructor. She also has a French Angora, so we talked a little about our fluffy bunnies. She e-mailed me Monday to let me know that my wheel had been shipped. How cool is that?
She also sells hand-dyed yarn and fiber/roving, spindles, needles, etc. I’ll definitely be a repeat customer for fiber and spinning wheel accessories.
I can’t wait for my wheel to get here!