New spinning wheel & Valentine’s

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My new Schacht Ladybug arrived on Thursday!  I ordered one right after the winter TNNA.

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My ladybug is on the right foot. I can’t get over how cute this wheel is. And how smooth it spins. It took me 2 minutes to assemble the whole wheel because the entire wheel comes assembled in its custom box. All I had to do was attach the treadles. What a contrast to my first wheel on which I spent 2 days finishing and assembling.

For the test drive, I chose this Malabrigo Nube roving:

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See, Malabrigo is so beautiful but this roving was all compressed and almost felted, making pre drafting a must. I always predraft anyway since I like to spin very very thin.

This and my new spinning wheel and super high speed whole =

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I am in love. What a perfect Valentine’s day gift to myself it was :)

My husband didn’t do so bad himself either. He sent me flowers and chocolate when I was at work.

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Ane now, on to the 3-day weekend!

SweetGeorgia at TNNA

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See the original blog on SweetGeorgia here.

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At TNNA I made sure to stop by the SweetGeorgia booth 1) because I love their yarns but also 2) because I designed my Tweedy Upsized zipper vest in their yarns and wore it to the show.

I met Ginny at the booth who kindly offered me a chance to try out her Schacht Sidekick spinning wheel and then later introduced me to Denise Renee Grace at Schacht Spindles. Whaaaaaat— I know. I was super excited and had a lot of fun with the Sidekick as well as SweetGeorgia’s Panda spinning fiber that I brought some fiber home with me then ordered a new wheel the next day!

I’ll make the big reveal when the wheel arrives!

Back from TNNA

I think I can still say that I’m “back from” TNNA although it was just 30 minutes away from my home in Irvine.

Nevertheless, I’m back from TNNA and I had so much fun, I don’t even know where to begin.

I was only at the show on Saturday and Sunday, and just few hours at a time. The fact that I brought my camera AND my smartphone and still didn’t get any pictures of TNNA just shows how overwhelmed and excited I was the entire time.

I met with Anne (aka CraftyDiversions) outside and she showed me around briefly. I hung out with her and her friends, met Pam (aka PamPowers).. And then started walking around the floor.. Met and spoke with Erika Knight, saw Norah Gaughan, met with local AND domestic/international dyers and yarn manufacturers, retailers.. My brain was about to explode with excitement when I saw gorgeous silk rovings and yarn at Vijay Fibers’ booth. I was super excited about meeting and dining with Bonne Marie Burns from Chic Knits.  I made her Basic Pulli before and my version is actually shown on her pattern page!

On Sunday, I finally met Felicia Lo from SweetGeorgia–I took her Craftsy.com class and fell in love with spinning. She didn’t have any rovings at the booth but I did see her new colors…

Another bonus was that spinning wheel companies were there too–Louet, Ashford, and Schacht. And I’m so glad I got to see the wheels in person because I’ve been getting enticed with this idea that I wanted a smaller wheel for traveling so I was considering Louet Victoria and Ashford Joy and Schacht Sidekick. They looked SUPER tiny! Especially Victoria. Now that I have a better idea of what they look like in person, I might wait a bit more and actually try some of the wheels before making the decision. Perhaps I should call up that spinning/weaving shop and see if I could rent these for a month or so.  In the meantime, I started a savings account towards a Matchless. =P

Now that I’m back to work and to the normal routine again, I am super inspired. I might need to put out another call for test/sample knitters soon…