One Crazy Fiber Lady

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One Crazy Fiber Lady

Big and Small

December 18th, 2008 · 6 Comments

While I’ve been spending my quality time getting to know my new wheel (and naming it – but more on that later), I’ve had the kate from the Reeves and the Van Eaton sitting near each other. ¬†Makes sense, the wheels are next each other. ¬†They looked awfully similar in size on the kates but I really wanted to see how they compared. ¬†I figured you’d all want to as well. ¬†Humor me. ¬†And then I wanted to compare these bobbins against a few others for some reference. ¬†

All of these are with the larger end up in the cases where the two ends are not the same diameter:

larger bobbin ends

larger bobbin ends

From left to right:


  1. Ashford
  2. Lendrum
  3. Schacht
  4. Reeves
  5. Van Eaton (bubinga too 😉

Side View:<

Same bobbins

Same bobbins

This is the same order. ¬†As you can see that while the Reeves and the VE are the same width around, the VE is a smidge longer. ¬†Of course there are two other wheels in the house who’s bobbins are not included (Tina and Vermonter) but I’m too lazy to get downstairs to fetch a bobbin. ¬†IIRC, Tina’s bobbins are awfully close to Lendrum size. ¬†And yes, I realize I don’t have the Lendrum anymore, I did manage to find two stray bobbins the other day. ¬†Oh well. ¬†The wheel shipped off with ¬†7! ¬†I didn’t realize I had so many of the damn things.

Another thing to note, the only wheel I use with any regularity (other than the electric Womack) that has a Woolee Winder is the Schacht. ¬† The Tina has a WW but I don’t think I’ve used it in the last year. The rest are standard bobbins. ¬†I know there’s a WW available for the Reeves, but the regular flyer is so gorgeous that I couldn’t replace it with the wonderfully functional but less than attractive WW. ¬†And really, I ply on the Womack so stopping every now and again to change pretty hooks isn’t that bad.

As for capacity?  The VE bobbin easily holds four ounces!


Mea Culpa

Mea Culpa

Yup. ¬†Finished the first four ounces of the Mea Culpa roving! ¬†No wonder they call it a production wheel! ¬†I did this bobbin of 40wpi singles in a little over three hours. ¬†Dude. ¬†That’s production, even by my standards. ¬†Did I mention that the VE is QUIET? ¬†No need to adjust TV volume. ¬†The only noise is a slight whir from the bobbin. ¬†Its amazing. ¬†

While I was bonding with him, definitely a him, last night, he spoke his name to me: ¬†Fabio. ¬†He’s dark, exotic and sexy! ¬† And rich too 😉 I’ll be spending quite a few nights with Fabio, including this one!

Before I return to my dear Fabio, I finished the second nephew hat.  This is the same pattern, same yarn but the Stormy Skies colorway.  I finished it on the train this evening.


Nephew Hat

Nephew Hat

Tomorrow is the office children holiday party.  Wish me luck as I schlep the monkeys into NYC and back in the snow.  Sigh.

Craft on!

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6 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Eva // Dec 19, 2008 at 7:47 am

    Hmmm…. now you’ll have to spin some yellow(ish) yarn so that Fabio has some Blond Locks hehehe.

    Cheers Eva

  • 2 Chris // Dec 19, 2008 at 8:18 am

    Heh – Fabio… well, it makes me grin. And that Mea Culpa single is gorgeous! Love the hat, too.

  • 3 Manise // Dec 19, 2008 at 3:41 pm

    Ha! Fabio! You are too funny. He is one gorgeous wheel. I think had he been mine, I may have called him Omar Shariff instead. Congratulations!

  • 4 Ina // Dec 19, 2008 at 4:23 pm

    Bravo, Fabio! To cap all his other excellent qualities, he’s also utterly discreet. 😉

  • 5 Daniele // Dec 19, 2008 at 4:31 pm

    Gorgeous roving and spinning. I also love the finish on the Fabio bobbin.. 🙂

    And the nephew hat is great!

  • 6 Kim // Dec 22, 2008 at 1:54 pm

    Good thing I wasn’t drinking anything at my desk or I would’ve snorted it out my nose. LOL! Fabio! Love the name. You shameless hussy!