Ashley Martineau LOVES SpinOlution!

I've been spinning since 2003 and quickly ran out of space on my first wheel (A Louet S17) for the bulky, fun, art yarns I was passionate about creating.  So I sold that wheel when I fell in love with the biggest bobbin on the market at that time: an Ashford Country Spinner.

I spun and spun on that wheel until I literally wore it out.  It was held together by duct tape and zip ties.  I bought another just like it and kept spinning.  I thought no wheel would ever come between me and my Ashford Country Spinner.  However, after my book was published, all my creative energy was gone. I figured it was the fact I was a new mom. I would sit at my wheel and I was just...not feeling it. I felt like I had spun all the yarns I could imagine. I thought about selling all my fiber equipment and doing something else entirely.

Meanwhile, I had always been looking for a wheel that was portable. I love spinning outside, but lugging the heavy Ashford Country Spinner around was a challenge. Right around that time Mike Pauly invented the SpinOlution Firefly. It was perfect timing. I took a chance with the SpinOlution Firefly and it was exactly what I was looking for: Huge bobbins, Open Orifice, and Portable!

So portable that I didn't even need to bring a chair!

Now I could create in the spaces that I wanted to create in.

The world had become my studio.

I was thrilled.

My Ashford Country Spinner will always have a special place in my heart. It was my one true love for 12 years. It went on grand adventures across the country with me. Whenever I see an Ashford Country Spinner, I smile. But shortly after spinning on the Firefly - I sold my Ashford Country Spinner to a student of mine who is thrilled to pieces and feeling super creative. I just needed a fresh start.

And now that I have that portability I've always been looking for, I don't think I'll be spending much time at a studio wheel anymore.  I'll be outside!

WHAT I LOVE MOST ABOUT MY FIREFLY:

  • I love that I can put the Firefly on top of my piano when my children are up, so they don't get into it. 
  • I don't miss treadling at all.  I love that I can just focus on the yarn, and I don't feel tired after spinning for a hours!
  • I love that it's easy to teach on.  I don't have to walk students thru the learning curve of drafting and treadling at the same time. They can focus on drafting first, build confidence, get a feel for the fiber - then if they want a more traditional wheel they can learn treadling once they're confident in their spinning abilities.

Ashley Martineau

Author, Spinning and Dyeing Yarn

Blogger at handspunartyarn.com

Videos at howtospinyarn.com

Boston Area SpinOlution Dealer