Two weeks ago I promised some exciting news. Well, here it is – I bought a Hansen miniSpinner. I had looked at them a couple times but never pulled the trigger. Then the whole back/leg thing started and I decided it was finally the right time. I big shout-out to Kat who ordered her’s a couple weeks before me and had some valuable input to provide! Please help me find a name for her by replying to this post – I can’t even come up with ideas!
For those of you that are not familiar with these cool devices, they are electric spinning wheels (aka espinners). The treadling is replaced by a motor and the device itself is about the size of a shoebox. The best part for me is I can spin in about any position. You turn the spinner on and off by tapping a small pedal that can be set anywhere.
- I bought mine from HansenCrafts and they make the “miniSpinner”. They’re based out of Washington and were amazing to deal with.
- I got the cherry miniSpinner (they have a ton of different woods available) with a lace flyer and a woolee winder flyer. The woolee winder flyer may have been the smartest purchase I made – it is an awesome tool.
- It came with one bobbin for each flyer and I ordered two extra of the the lace bobbins. The lace bobbins come apart on the ends but so far they’re hard to take apart and put back together – I’m hoping they ease up with time and use.
- I also got some orifice reducers and the maintenance kit, but those aren’t very exciting.
- I want to get a battery for when I’m not at home – maybe Santa will bring one.
I’m not kidding when I say you can spin in about any position.
Thus far I’ve spun several samples (2-ply) and am very pleased. I want to practice more with the woolee winder flyer to see if I can get to the point of being able to spin laceweight singles on it. First though I plan to finish up the 4 ounces of merino/bamboo/silk I’m working through.
Again – if you have any ideas of what to name my new spinner – suggestions are welcome!
As a personal side note, I had an MRI done – “large” herniated disc at the L5/S1 (large is what the doc called it). Physical therapy is not helping so we’re investigating the next option – a steroid shot.