Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm a New Dealer!

I am a new Spinolution dealer!  YES!  I'm very happy.  I've been wanting to become a dealer in spinning wheels since last year.  I contacted many companies.  Part of the problem is that a lot of them require a store front.  Unfortunately, I haven't got one - yet.  Some day.  The other problem is, some of them require you to be a certain distance away from other dealers of the same wheels.  I have two very established studios within 35 miles of me - one North West and one South.  Besides, it takes a good sized investment. And you don't always get a good return on the money - what you pay and what you sell it for, isn't that far different.

I've looked at and tried the Spinolution wheels.  I've done a lot of reading (like I do with anything I am thinking of delving into).  There are many people who love them, and some who hate them.  They are unique.  And they are made in the good ole' U.S.A.!!!!!

If you notice the treadles - not your traditional treadling system.  These treadles are pushed with your toes.  It takes very little effort to spin this wheel.  The treadles are also a good distance apart from each other - which means you don't have to sit with your knees crammed together.  Great for the hips, knees, and ankles.

Do you see that ginormous bobbin?  Yeah, this wheel (the Mach III) comes standard with the 8 ounce bobbins, but the very awesome cool part of this is, they also make an Over Sized Art Yarn bobbin and let me tell you - it's BIG - a whopping 32 ounces!  That's TWO (2) pounds! 

This wheel has great ratios and can be used for everything from lace weight to the biggest chunky yarn you want to make!  How versatile is that?

No, I haven't gotten my wheel yet - but it's on it's way.  I can hardly wait.  I've used my Lendrum for about a year and a half now, and it's okay.  But I usually feel like I'm struggling with it - either with the treadling (my legs get tired), or with the tension - I'm always fiddling somehow.

If you're interested in the Spinolution wheels, you can find their website here.  Or, you can contact me.  The specials aren't listed on the website so if you're interested in more information, contact me by commenting on this post.

On other news, we had a snow storm today. 
Small dogs, big snow
I was really hoping I'd get through this winter and not have snow.  For me, that's a HUGE statement.  I don't know what it is, but this year, I just don't want to deal with the cold or snow or anything.  I am SO ready to move.  Of course, for me, that's not unusual.  Nine years in one place is long enough for me. I do love our little farm and having the horses here at home.  But I think know I'm ready for a change.  I'd love to move to California.  I want to get an RV and visit every state in the lower 49.  But - that's not feasible.  I have my business I'm trying to build, and I have a husband who's allowing me (by supporting me financially) to do this business.  He's working.  He's making money.  I'm working.  I'm spending the money....if I gave up EVERYTHING else, I'd be able to save for an RV and the traveling.  He can work from anywhere there is a signal - even on the road.  I love to drive, and I wouldn't mind driving while he worked!  I would at least be able to stop at every stop I wanted to.  lol

Meanwhile, I did some spinning today.  I've not been spinning regularly and I need to get some yarns done before the show in April.



On the left is the roving, hand dyed by me. It's Merino and Silk.  On the right is the single.  I have 3 of these 4 ounce rovings and I'm deciding if I want to spin them all myself, or spin one, and use it as an example of what the others could look like. 


This very fine (for me) spinning is time consuming and makes me a bit crazy.  I love my thicker, chunkier yarns.  But I want to make some "traditional" yarns for the show to see if they sell.  I spun for a few hours with a few breaks.

Now it's almost dinner time for us and the dogs.  So I'll get moving for now.  If you have any questions about the wheels, please feel free to contact me.  If you want to visit my shop (always love visitors), go to www.etsy.com/shop/Spinningmywheelfiber  

Thanks for checking in and thanks for reading.
Take care,
Martha

1 comment:

AJ (The Quilting Pot Podcast) said...

Hey Martha,

Things are taking off for you! You go girl. Congrats on becoming a dealer. BTW, that hand dyed roving!!! Keep it up...

AJ