Oh Spinning Wheel, how I love thee.
My affair with the borrowed wheel is obvious to the entire family and I can no longer pretend I haven't been lusting for a spinning wheel ever since I began spinning with a spindle. I was apparently even lying to myself because I never would have guessed that I would fall so completely in love with spinning at the wheel. I now wonder if I'll ever go back to the spindles.
I'm a fickle fickle spinner. I'll probably want to spin with any wheel that comes along. And to my surprise I'm feeling like my first wheel... MY first wheel, will probably be a Louet S10. I've browsed the internet/Ravelry/eBay/Craigslist and looked at virtually every wheel brand and type including antiques and keep thinking the S10 will be the best thing to have around my little ones. It's So easy to pop the drive band off the bobbin when I get up from the wheel.... and nearly any time I get up you can bet one of the babies is over there wanting to treadle. This thing is just so perfect to have around little ones. When they're a little bigger I think I'll definitely want to collect some vintage wheels because I'm so in love with the Saxony look but I'm really happy with the yarn I'm getting with this S10.
You probably know me well enough to guess what's next: Handspun Yarn For Sale. But not right this second. The above photos should give you a good idea what to watch for though! :)
I'm in a bit of a hurry so here are a few random things:
- In the next week some time (after my sister goes home next Monday) I'll be setting up a special blog page for selling Handspun and also Hand Dyed Yarns including PayPal buttons to buy direct from that page without having to email me first to see if the item is still available.
- Shopping has begun for a web host so I can put my blog, store/shopping cart, etc, in its own space. Hopefully I'll be getting a TaxID# and establishing Sugar Bunny Boulevard as a bona fide business with actual expenses and hopefully income. A business rather than a personal hobby. I've been thinking about this for so long but I've been afraid to take the leap - any helpful suggestions, ideas, or information about this kind of venture is welcome.
- I'm excited to show the yarn and buttons for my EPS sweater - developing a class for that.
- During the month of February I'm teaching a Learn to Knit class at the local community college - excited about that!
- I've contacted Maggie's Farm and reserved "at least one entire white fleece". She reponded and said that it'll be about 10lbs of wool and they're shearing at the end of Feb or 1st Saturday in March.
- When I go for the shearing and pick up my fleece I'm hoping to also have the money to pick up an S10 at the Yarn Barn. My fingers are crossed, treadling leg/foot limbered up, and dye pots are ready. I've gotta earn this money somehow so you'll be seeing lots for sale at SBB.
- I was visiting the Kansas Oil Museum here in El Dorado earlier this week, saw a Wheat Weaving display.... one thing led to another and I'm now planning to do a spinning demonstration at their "Kansas Day" celebration on January 26th! Cool! I didn't tell the lady I had only been using a wheel for about three days. It's okay, I have time to practice spinning and looking at/talking to others at the same time. heh
Everybody have a super fabulous weekend - my sister arrives tonight and we have a really busy day ahead with swimming lessons and various other family activities going on.
Take good care of every little thing! :) XOXOXOXOX