You might have read how I accidentally purchased a new spinning wheel a few weeks ago. Living in a small flat that also doubles as a work space for two artists, I can't say I have a lot of extra room to keep three wheels around, so one of them had to go - sadly, it was time to say goodbye to my lovely Bliss DT.
The Bliss is a wonderful wheel, a true all-rounder and perfect for beginners. Made by Louet for Woolmakers in the Netherlands, it comes flat-packed so you have to assemble it (I used to call it my IKEA wheel) and is made of MDF, so it's not very expensive. It has a built-in Lazy Kate (that's where you keep the bobbins, on the left, and use it for plying two or more strands of yarn) that's very handy and easy to use. I think I've yet to meet an owner that doesn't like their Bliss.
The only downside to this wheel is the size of its bobbins - I needed them to be a tad larger (ok, double!) so I could make longer art yarns, and this lady just doesn't come with any jumbo settings, nor will it in the foreseeable future. Although these bobbins do take up more fibre than most "traditional" ones, it just wasn't enough for me. So I set about finding it a new home, which happened ver quickly.
The person I sold the Bliss to is a fibre friend who doesn't live near me, so I had to make sure I wrapped this lady really well to avoid any accidents along the way. After this, I now understand why most people only accept local collection!
I'll have to credit my other half for helping me out with this. He was the most patient man and I should give him a shout out - check out Emanuel de Sousa's mad painting skills.
After buying tape and bubble wrap, we set about making sure that wheel wasn't moving under all the cushioning material. We might have gone a bit overboard, but every part was wrapped tight.
We also had to frankenstein the box - it was much larger than we needed, so we cut it in half and proceeded to put it back together as tight as we could. Then we decided to play Tetris with some bits of cardboard we had around, and maybe a bicycle helmet box as well. This wheel was definitely not moving inside its cocoon!
I'm a little ashamed to admit a whole roll of tape was used (and then some). See the title plastic tube thing on top of the box? That's right, I forgot to include it in the parcel. I wish I could say this never happens, but forgetting something (usually the Thank-You-For-Your-Purchase personalised letter for my customers) tends to happen frequently. I blame the packaging frenzy.
The hard work paid out, the Bliss arrived safe and sound to its destination and the new owner is now getting acquainted with her new equipment. I hope she spins lots of yarn and loves every minute of it!
Have you ever sent a difficult-to-pack parcel? What sort of packaging material did you use? My most unusual material ever is popcorn for filler...