Photo 1: first mini-skein off my new Vespera (unwashed, 2-ply).
Photo 2: On the bobbin: Romney in “Lightning Strike” from Spunky Eclectic fiber club March 2013.
You can tell I had some, er, issues getting started with the Vespera. It really needed a lot more oil than I had expected, and it needs a super fine touch on the speed control. But once I got into the sweet spot, it was okay. I plan to spin a full 4oz of the Romney for oversocks, and hopefully by the time I’m done with that the Vespera will be broken in and happy. Since it’s a longwool, it’s a lot more forgiving of underplying, and my feet won’t care if it’s a touch uneven.
Ah yes, I meant to warn you about that. Instructions for my Stella said verrrry sparing oil but it needed a ton.
Yours came with instructions? Mine was just… a box with things in it. Not even a receipt. Good thing it wasn’t a gift, or I’d be up a creek without a paddle. You’d think they’d at least put something inside with my address and theirs—what if the (printer paper) address label had gotten wet or something? I have literally never ordered anything over $20 that didn’t come with a printed receipt in the box.
I still haven’t figured out how you’re supposed to ply on it. I ended up swapping the drive band orientation, because I couldn’t see any other way to do it, but that shed plastic dust all over the motor so I’m thinking maybe that’s not right.
There’s probably like a video or something online but their webpage barely works on mobile. I know they’re a small operation, so I don’t expect them to be great at web design, but that’s why you put printed instructions in! Or at least a piece of paper with the name of your YouTube channel. Or something.
Tbh I’m sort of hoping that after 4oz I’ll be happy enough with it that I’ll quit feeling annoyed about the whole thing.
I really think it might be for the best if their webpage barely works on mobile. It’s blinding on computerweb, I was hoping they’d have changed it by now, but anyway I grabbed a youtube link to vespera-plying for you and I hope it is helpful.
I sympathize with being more comfortable making the thing than business-izing it, but really wow wow, you still have to do it a little bit, c’mon!
That video is 1:06 of… the thing spinning. No sound. No instructions. So now I know that it is in fact intended to be able to ply, but… I still have no idea how.
Okay, since I had to go use the computer for something else, I decided to check out their webpage, and…
the instruction sheets are Word documents.
I am facepalming so hard right now.
Also the instructions say I’m supposed to get a part with my Vespera that I didn’t get. I don’t know if I care, but… that seems like a thing you should edit in your instructions if you no longer ship those. Since they’re, you know, Word documents and therefore should be easy to change.
But apparently I am doing plying right. No word on whether shedding plastic bits is normal or not. I guess I’ll just wipe off my motor regularly. Also mine is way more noisy than the one in her “getting started” video, so now I’m wondering if my motor is okay or what’s going on there.
(the annoyance is not fading)
And yeah, I get that some people prefer the making to the business-ing, but I sort of expect some minimum level of effort to be made in the “making sure it gets there” and “making sure it can be used” fields, since that’s sort of… important? A bit?
(I still don’t understand why it comes with leaders attached that aren’t actually long enough to use, but are long enough to be annoying. If the spinner is supposed to attach their own leader of preference to it, why not just give us a little bitty loop that doesn’t get in the way? If they’re intended to be used as leaders, why make them not actually long enough to go through the orifice and be spun on? I don’t get it.)
(PS: Thanks for the edit, even if I didn’t see it until just now! That would have been super useful if I’d been stuck in bed like I usually am!)