Ok. I can look at this two different ways.
- The last few months of consternation was a waste of time and emotions.
- It was a necessary thought process for understanding what was most important.
As you recall, I firmly decided I didn’t need a spinning wheel. I am thoroughly enjoying my spindles. I am spinning on the Akerworks drop/supported spindle most nights. (Still need to problem solve the best motions for better ergonimics. Sore shoulder blade is not a good thing.)
Something besides fiber and fabric came home with us from Dallas. And she’s beautiful!
Whenever we are in Dallas, we spend a bit of time with old friends. Leslee inspires me with her craft experience and enthusiasm. It is always fun to see what she’s into next. Apparently I follow her lead but lag behind by decades. She was spinning twenty years ago and has moved on.
I showed her my little bit of spindle spinning. She showed me her Ashford Traditional. AND loaned it to me.
A Saxony wheel single treadle was NOT in my wish list. And I might still get a castle style wheel for portability.
A Pollywog is still on my wish list. It’s designed for kids. Hopefully that means sturdy, easy care, small & portable.
But I reversed immediately with this Ashford. I love it. My first bobbin was ok until I lost the leader. Not sure what to do with it. Cutting hasn’t solved it yet.
The second bobbin is full now and much better. Attempting to do a little color management, by splitting the roving into separate colors. Even so, it will probably become very tweedy/muddy looking.
I’ve been watching Rachel of Wool n’ Spinning podcast’s tutorials on drafting. Watch every Abby Franquenmot video I can find. Both are on YouTube. VERY VERY helpful.
Looks like I will be taking every spinning class I can at next year’s SSK retreat. Oh, I forgot to tell you, I won 1 of 2 SSK 2016 charity raffle tickets to skip to lottery for next year!