I admit it, ever once-in-a-while I get wheel envy. I have (this is the part where I purposefully mumble) five wheels. Okay, perhaps technically it’s a herd. But I need all of them..okay nevermind no one will believe that argument.
Let’s see, the Kiwi 2; awww…my first wheel. I really do love this wheel. It is amazingly easy to spin on and if I have a tricky fiber, I’ll go to this wheel first because I’m so comfortable with it. I never have to fiddle with it. It just goes and goes. Literally too…it has gone with me to craft fairs to teach kids how to spin, it goes with me to fiber festivals. It is a little buddy that is always predictable.
Then the sidekick. Another great little wheel, and so portable. It’s the one that’s going to PlyAway with me this year and is my new wheel to go to fiber events. It’s gone to a few with me, including up to Meridian Jacobs for a spinning day. I love how portable it is and yet still solid. It’s not quite as ‘sit and go’ as my Kiwi, but is great for a portable wheel.
Two antique wheels. Do those count? One a nice classic wheel and the other a sooo cool double wheel. The classic I rarely use, but think I may take it with me for the next craft show just as eye candy and the sooo cool double wheel needs a little restoration. I’m still trying to figure out exactly what it is, then actually play with it. I so need more time in my day!
Then the Schacht Flatiron. I do like this wheel. It treadles so smoothly and with the wheel being so big, it can spin fast. Since I prefer long-draw (it’s easier on my hands), I have a tendency to underspin my fiber and the Flatiron goes at a great pace. I have it set up as double drive and keep meaning to try it ST, but haven’t done it yet. As much as I love the Flatiron and know it will spin anything, it is a little finicky. It does need a little more tuning and oil than the Kiwi.
So, now the question of a Matchless. Why? Well, I want to see if they live up to their hype, I’m curious, Will I fall in love like I have with my Kiwi? I really do love the look of them Okay; Why not? I’ve heard they treadle a little harder than the Flatiron. (I don’t have tine to work harder) The wheel ratio isn’t as high as the Flatiron. I suspect they are finicky, and of course the price point is more of a committment. Okay, and there is the storage issue. For someone that is committed to “scaling down” it’s rather hard to then justify six wheel. But…then again…
Oh decisions, decisions, decisions…