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  1. Abby, I adore all your spinning resources. “Respect the Spindle” gave me a new perspective on spindles and I’ve started spinning again for the past few years, wandering around after the toddler, spinning away. Now I’m debating investing in a wheel, but I’m stuck on a decision point. It’s come down to this: is a lace flyer kit “worth it”? Or are there better strategies for spinning lace yarn efficiently on a spindle? If you have the time, could you spare me your opinion?

    I rarely knit with anything thicker than sport weight and prefer spinning slick fibers like alpaca and cotton. I would love to be able to spin all my own lace yarn but find it tricky on a drop spindle. Too heavy and spindle and it breaks; too light and I’m frustrated keeping it spinning. If I need to go supported and sit in my living room–tahlkis are fun–I might as well just sit at a wheel and fit more on a bobbin.

    After putting in all my other requirements–especially being able to pack it up away from toddlers and carry it around to peaceful spinning spots–and trying out wheels at my local spinning shop, it’s come down to the Ashford Traveller or Kromski Sonata. I absolutely loved treadling away on the Ashford and it has a lace flyer kit so it has much higher ratios available. But the Kromski was a close second and would be much easier to transport to Starbucks for a quiet spinning place (I think I could get away with that…).

    So, if I know that I will be spinning a respectable amount of double-ply lace yarn, does a lace flyer kit with large core bobbins and ratios up to 30 become much more useful than just a fast flyer with ratios up to 18? Or just get the one that easier to transport and treadle faster? And, while I continue to mull this one over, best tips for lace on a spindle?

    Thanks for all your resources and time,
    Amy

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