Sunday, February 24, 2008

Feels like spring!

I have spring fever really bad! The sun is out both weekend days (I can't remember the last time that happened) and it actually warmed up to 40 degrees in the shade today. Nothing like some bright sunshine and relative warmth to recharge my tired batteries :)

I had my second of 3 spinning classes yesterday. Started on a wheel. Can I even describe how happy that made me?! Only other fiber-heads will understand :)
I got to try my hand on 4 different wheels, and borrowed the Ashford Joy to bring home. I got home with a big bag of wool, and promptly spent the next 6 hours spinning it all up! Wheeeeeeee.

While I don't necessarily like the Ashford's look, I will probably purchase that model, as it folds up into a tiny thing that I can put away in our tiny house when not in use! I admit though, I really liked the way the Louet 2-treadle felt & looked(was it a "Lendrum"? Not sure...) I also tried a 1-treadle Louet which gave me immediate back pains, and a Majacraft Rose, which, though pretty, really took some effort to use. Only the Louet was seemingly effortless. Louet will be my "one day I'll get that" dream wheel, but the Ashford is practical and fun, truly portable.

Ah, I feel fully fiber-contented today :) No pics lately, I'm lazy with the camera. Besides, the snow is all yellow and brown at this point, still 6 inches deep everywhere. Who wants to see that?!

7 comments:

hakucho said...

Looks like I'm going to have to live vicariously through you. I would love to spin, but don't think it's in the cards for me. Maybe someday....

happy spinning :)

Aim said...

Hakucho, that's what I said for the past 25 years! If you say someday, it'll probably happen :)

Carola said...

I wanna see the wheel! *pout*

shell said...

So you are having fun learning the wheels! I totally can appreciate that! My first wheel was a Ashford Traddy, and they are great wheels. I do love my Majacraft Rose, but it has a diffrent treadle pattern than a Ashford.
Just a word of warning - Wheels (and spindles) are like sheep - the like to live in flocks . . . . says she with 5 at moment and looking for more.

Opal said...

Did you get a chance to try a Lendrum? Those fold up too and I think they're more high end then an Ashford. Just sayin'.

shell said...

Oh yeah - I tagged you for a meme! Check my blog.

Carola said...

*knocks*

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