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Taking It for a Spin: The Ladybug's Lowest Ratios

This will all be a lot of gibberish to non-spinners, but I'm excited to put myself and my new Ladybug spinning wheel through some paces this week. The first in a short series about using different spinning ratios on the Schacht Ladybug spinning wheel.

I pulled some Tunis roving out of my stash, tore it into strips, put the wheel the lowest-ratio pulley (I set it at 6:1 for spinning) with the bulky/plying head, and went to town spinning huge, soft singles for a bulky yarn. I had the wheel in scotch tension with a pretty hard draw-in.

I spun my singles onto standard bobbins and plied (at the 5:1 ratio) into a two-ply yarn onto the bulky bobbin.

Everything went really smoothly and I'm thrilled by the wheel. Even the smaller bobbins hold a fairly large amount of yarn, which is nice. I like the sliding hooks on the flyer. They click into place as you move them, so you don't have to think about it too hard when you're changing the position on the bobbin.

The only thing that gave me trouble is a habit I need to change from using the Kiwi. Sometimes, when I want to adjust the scotch tension as I'm spinning, I will accidentally bump my hand into the flyer arms.

This didn't happen with the Kiwi. I don't know if that's because the tension knob was in a different position or if the flyer arms didn't stick out so much. I haven't managed to hurt myself (yet), but I just need to stop the dang wheel before I monkey with the tension (or bring my hand in from under the wheel instead of from the top).

Tomorrow: I'll try spinning 100% merino top for the first time, on the 9:1 and 7:1 ratios.

Happy spinning.