Yes Virginia, you CAN spin laceweight on a travel wheel
My Louet Victoria travel wheel arrived this past weekend and after a quick trial spin of a bunch of not particularly cooperative Wensleydale, I decided to really put her to the test...laceweight. Could this tiny wheel do it without excessive effort on my part?
In a word...yes. I threw her on the highest ratio (1:13) and grabbed a bunch of Optim merino roving (Pearl colorway) and easy-peasy, I was spinning thread.
I did a little bit of sample plying and the result was equivalent to Jaggerspun merino laceweight which is a hair finer than their Zephyr...so I'm very pleased. Is it going to take a while to get 2 bobbins' worth of singles done? Yes, and it's going to take a while to ply it, but I'm very happy with the results so far.
Is this easier on my Rose? Yes...it would be a little faster and a little less treadling, but I'm very impressed with this tiny wheel.