The new Kiwi 3 Spinning Wheel has folding treadles, timber veneered MDF wheel, three speed whorl and a wooden threading hook! The Kiwi is an economical double treadle wheel, with a host of basic and solid features. This wheel is ideal for beginners and teachers alike.
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I love this wheel! Easy to put together, lovely to spin on! I owned a kiwi 2 a couple of years ago and I really appreciate the new design features. The onboard Kate is cool and the portability is fantastic! My kiwi lives in my car as my run around wheel and she makes a great passenger. No back seat driving or smack talk about my music choices... She's a ten!
I really love my new spinning wheel. I’m a beginner and am still learning and this is a great wheel to learn on.
I bought / was gifted the Kiwi 3 unfinished, along with a lot of the extras (the superflyer, and high speed whorl). The finishing process was relatively straight forward (and the wheel even came with a piece of 150 grit sand paper). Before you put the wheel together you need to sand, then use your finishing method of choice--I used the Ashford finishing wax which gives a good shine to the wood. I have noticed that I didn't sand well enough on some of the edges of the bobbins as my spun fibers catch, so I may need to go back and work on these sections again. As for the process of putting the wheel together, it went super quickly. The instructions by Ashford are clear, with pictures and words, and can be found in the box or as a PDF on their website if you lose your copy. The instructions also show where to oil when you give your wheel a tune up! Spinning has gone well and only took me an hour or two to get use to the differences in using a wheel (compared to a spindle or my EEW). I have noticed that on my initial practice spins I likely won't need the high speed whorl for a while as I can get some very fine yarns on the whorl the wheel comes with by treadling faster! But maybe I'll want to slow down and relax in the near future and will find those ratios better for my lace-weight yarns then! Conclusion: +: great design of wheel, easy to learn, easy to put together, great instructions, and has a good range of standard ratios on the whorl -: (slight) if you don't have the right space or tools finishing takes a bit longer and is more work (not for everyone)... yeah can't think of anything else...
As an avid knitter, I’ve been wanting to start spinning my own yarn for a while. Loving this wheel- easy to set up, easy to get going. Looking forward to many years with this... love, love, love.
She’s fantastic and she is now called Lenore. She’s such a nice relaxed cozy wheel and a joy to spin on. Thank you!