This blog has been quiet for a little while... Partly (among other things) because I've been too busy spinning to write anything. And the reason for that is that I am the proud new owner of a secondhand Haldane Orkney.
The Orkney is a compact little upright wheel made by the Haldane company in Scotland. Haldane don't make wheels anymore - they stopped in the late 1990s - but their wheels seem to have a good reputation.
The two bags of fiber were a bag of raw mystery fleece, and some dyed merino top. I haven't gotten into the fleece yet, but I've gone through the top already between carding practice and wheel practice.