Here’s a Kickstarter I backed as soon as I saw it, the Electric Eel Mini Spinner 2!I was a little late to the party, so I’ll be waiting for mine a bit. This Kickstarter closes December 20th, so if you want to be in the first round click over and sign up. The Kickstarter packages start at $60.
The first Electric Eel Mini Spinner, was really popular. I know a lot of people who bought one, some liked it some weren’t so happy with it, but that’s the way all wheels are. A student brought the first version to a class I taught in Florida, so I got to put my hands on it, and I liked it more than I thought I would.
I liked it enough to back the second version. There are many improvements on the first version, including the sound. This version is much quieter. There a several smart additions to this little wheel, a specific place to use a clamp, a magnetized orifice hook, direction switch, and a spot to hook your fiber when you need to stop mid spin. There’s a good description and a little video on the Kickstarter page.
I love the idea of a spinning wheel I can put in my purse. It will be great for traveling and I can’t wait to use it in knitting classes to demo for non-spinners. I know the bobbins are small (1-2 ounces), I know it’s not wicked fast or powerful like a WoolyAnn, a Hansen, a Device, or an Ashford, but it will work in lots of spinning circumstances for me. Plus, it’s purple!
Once I get it in my hot little hands, I’ll let you know in more detail how it spins.
Jillian is the author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts.
She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing.
Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com