Having been a long-time fan of Rappard’s Little Peggy spinning wheel, when the chance to acquire a Rappard Mitzi came along, I jumped at it. She arrived safely via FedEx and was assembled on my front steps, much to the amusement of the neighbors who are now used to the parade of spinning wheels in and out.
Mitzi is a reproduction Norwegian straight bench wheel:
Her flyer is identical to the Little Peggy, and her maidens are the same as the Little Peggy’s front maiden:
Here she is, reunited with a long-lost little sister, Little Peggy:
And, can Mitzi spin!
She has the same nicely-balanced wheels as the Little Peggy; not quite as heavy, but a lovely smooth motion. I was able to draw out very fine singles. This is some generic wool roving purchased at Woolbearers in Mount Holly, NJ. It proved to be very nice fiber and resulted in two bobbins full, which were then plied on the Little Peggy.
The resulting skeins were refreshingly colorful on a warm sunny spring morning.
And, I had an audience in this nice sunny weather with the windows open for the first time: