The basement/bathroom reno continues. I'm saving that for another post because there are lots of pictures. And some of it has been rough, so I need some time to step back (really it's all going smooth, just slow and it causes the rest of life to go on hold).
Wednesday; that was a good day.
I got a package.
Yep. I bought a wheel.
Many of my lovely, long-enabling friends are taking quite a bit of delight in my rapid decline into the pillowy woolen depths of spinning. I have been avoiding it for about 5 years. Partly because life was busy, and I was content with developing my knitting, but also because I knew I would like it.
And I'm okay with that. I'm in a spinny, yarn-making happy place and this is good.
About the wheel. After trying several wheels (Ladybug, Sonata, Traveler, Joy, Victoria, Lendrum (ST & DT) I decided on the Majacraft Little Gem. It just felt right when I sat at it. I made pretty yarn with it. I liked how it looked (something I think is important--this is one of my tools and it's not something that will spend a lot of time in a cabinet, so I need to like it). I liked that it had slider on the flyer instead of hooks and really big bobbins. I like the portability (it was one of my main criteria). I like that all Majacraft accessories fit on all wheels in case when I decide I want another wheel.
Majacraft also has a good reputation. I had heard there were some issues with the rimu wood splitting due to the temperature extremes in the Canadian climate. I wrote an email to the Poad's (the family that makes the wheels) and received a prompt reply detailing good wheel maintenance and also informing me that they now use bamboo on the drive wheel.
Lisa Souza was also great. She brokered the deal and all the details and my wheel was with me in just over two weeks from New Zealand. I also bought some very pretty fibre from her--I can't wait until it gets here.
I HAVE MY OWN SPINNING WHEEL!!!!!!
(And a really messy house).
The only sad part of the story is that I've spun on it for less than an hour. Hopefully this weekend I'll have time to do more.
I'll make time--even if I lose sleep to do it.