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jtherese
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  04:49:36 AM  Show Profile Send jtherese a Private Message
Well, I guess it's the question from all want-to-be spinners. How to get a wheel without spending as much money as they seem to cost.

There is a box wheel on ebay called a Charkha.
http://cgi.ebay.com/A-box-type-Charkha-or-Spinning-wheel_W0QQitemZ8243868954QQcategoryZ3121QQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Is this any good?

j

RobA
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  05:19:00 AM  Show Profile  Visit RobA's Homepage Send RobA a Private Message
Charkhas, I think, are designed for spinning cotton.

Rob http://roberta.typepad.com/robknits/
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Boogie
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  05:39:12 AM  Show Profile  Visit Boogie's Homepage Send Boogie a Private Message
Charkha's are for cotton. You will be disappointed in the charkha if you want to spin wools or other fibers.

But that's a really good price for a Charkha.

Have you checked out:
http://homepages.together.net/~kbruce/kbbwheel.html
Or a babe plastic wheel if money is the greatest concern and not looks, these are decent wheels.
http://www.babesfibergarden.com/BFG92001/index.htm

amy
http://theboogerblog.blogspot.com
http://www.spunkyhats.com
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Valk_scot
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  07:15:28 AM  Show Profile Send Valk_scot a Private Message
My Louet S10 cost me approximately $140 from Ebay, my Louet S40 (the "hatbox" Louet) cost about the same also from Ebay, my Kromski Mazurka cost $80. They were all in great working order when they arrived, and had extras as well. (The optional skein winder, a pair of fine carders and a flicker, six bobbins and a Lazy Kate respectively.)

So either I`m just incredibly lucky or there`s some great bargains to be had out there. It`s a question of being persistant and watching Ebay, plus telling everyone you know you`re into spinning and looking for a wheel.

Val.

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pugsweater
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Posted - 12/19/2005 :  5:52:27 PM  Show Profile Send pugsweater a Private Message
a charkha would not be easy to master for a beginner. google 'used spinning wheel', if you dun mind used ones at bargain prices. try ebay too.

Pugknits Blog
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jtherese
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Posted - 12/20/2005 :  07:07:36 AM  Show Profile Send jtherese a Private Message
Thanks for all of the replies. I'm going to put the word out and start watching carefully. It really amazes me that they cost so much. I'm going to find one in my budget....eventually.

Are antiques just as good? I'd have to pay to get them in working order, I assume. But I live in the South and I see some around every once in awhile.

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truly violet
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Posted - 12/20/2005 :  07:13:41 AM  Show Profile  Visit truly violet's Homepage Send truly violet a Private Message
quote:
Originally posted by Valk_scot

My Louet S10 cost me approximately $140 from Ebay, my Louet S40 (the "hatbox" Louet) cost about the same also from Ebay, my Kromski Mazurka cost $80. They were all in great working order when they arrived, and had extras as well. (The optional skein winder, a pair of fine carders and a flicker, six bobbins and a Lazy Kate respectively.)

So either I`m just incredibly lucky or there`s some great bargains to be had out there. It`s a question of being persistant and watching Ebay, plus telling everyone you know you`re into spinning and looking for a wheel.

Val.




why yes......yes you are.....
now can you help me find a farm.....???

or at least a mazurka for 80 bucks?

vi



none of this will matter in 100 years.......
except I will finally be at my goal weight...vi
http://notashyviolet.blogspot.com/ ~now with chickens!
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alerievay
Chatty Knitter

115 Posts

Posted - 12/20/2005 :  08:04:03 AM  Show Profile  Visit alerievay's Homepage Send alerievay a Private Message
Antiques can be very finicky, especially if you aren't familiar with how a wheel should work. I looked at several (also in the South), and the best ones were in the $400-$600 range--excellent condition, working order, etc. Plus, you have to remember that you can't get accessories for an antique; if you need extra bobbins or flyers, you must have them made. I decided to get a new one instead, and it's arriving for Christmas! I got an excellent deal from a store that was discontinuing their spinning supplies. Check around for a few months and see what you can find used or on sale. There are bargains to be had!
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