I sit here today waiting for the UPS man to show up ... because the new SpinOlution Bee is slated to arrive today or tomorrow, and I can hardly wait!
The topic of travel wheels comes up a fair bit in the spinning community. We like to go to spin-ins, so a semi-portable wheel helps there. I was pleasantly surprised how portable my Majacraft Alpaca wheel was -- it folds over and in doing so, presents a handle for picking it up! Sure, it's about 16 pounds, but that's actually close to the Lendrum's weight; the soft wood used in its construction is more of an issue, as each trip leaves its own memento (= dent!) in my wheel. Click on the photo to see a note on where the handle pops up.
That didn't stop me from loving my Pocket Wheel, though. And as my years as a spinner progress, I love trying out the "new things" to see how they stack up, and if they are better than what I have already.
Here is the list of travel wheels I've compiled -- if you know of another, I'd love to hear of it! Links are generally to the makers' websites, where available.
These are the "really small" ones:
- Pocket Wheel (Doug Dodd/Jon McCoy) (To see Doug's original website (note, he no longer makes the wheel, so please use the new website for inquiries!), try google's cached version)
- Hitchhiker (Merlin Tree)
- Louet Hatbox (not being made, show up second hand sometimes)
- SpinAway Holiday Wheel (just announced/released at Rhinebeck 2008 - search ravelry's forums for SpinAway, Holiday, or Mary Oates for more details)
- The Bee by SpinOlution (coming March 2009 - mine'll be here soon!!)
- rumors of Schacht’s travel-wheel-to-be (... release date unknown ...)
- Lendrum Folding Wheel
- Ashford Joy (see Joy ST/DT)
- Kromski Sonata
- Louet Victoria (maybe this should be in the list above?)
- Journey Wheel
- Majacraft Little Gem
- Babe’s Pinkie Wheel (lightweight, non-folding)
- Louet S-45 (non-folding, small)
- Wee Robin
- Van Eaton Fold N' Tote (no longer being made, maker retired)
- Ettrick Wind Wheel (page down to see this model)