All lovers, owners and users of Ashford spinning wheels, please post here!
I’ll get the wheel rolling.
I was acquired by a previously-owned double-drive Ashford Traveller back in - gosh, 2012? Or was it 2011. How time flies! I named her Manuka, after the New Zealand honey. She’s seen me through several Spinzillas, Tours de Fleece, and an Iknitarod in which I spun instead of knit (Ispinarod?). I’ve ported her up to the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival (in 2015), to a couple of Southeastern Animal Fiber Fairs, to Williamsburg VA, and around where I live (Savannah GA). She’s a champ.
But all you spinners know it’s so difficult to have just one wheel. I craved a saxony style. Did research, tried spinning various wheels at SAFF, and received an Elizabeth II as a Christmas present two years ago. She’s very elegant, and can spin fast (faster than me; I’m still learning, so I stay on the first and second gear ratios).
I have fiber on both wheels (of course). Even though my job (retail; started in 2018 after several years of post-lawyer/financial advisor retirement to supplement our social security income) eats up most of my time, I still plan to try to spin some every day during Tour de Fleece. I’ll try to figure out how to post photos.