Yes, I am always tempted by new yarn. But I did not purchase this yarn. I made it instead!!!! You know how sometimes certain people can be a bad influence? Well I seem to be surrounded by spinners. And they have been slowly slowly influencing me towards buying a wheel. It started with me wanting to learn about fiber so that I could be an informed buyer. And it slowly turned into learning about roving, fleece, sliver, top, and how different fibers draft. And talk about drafting led to me learning to draft. And drafting lessons led to buying spindles. And spindles led to learning about wheels. And after almost two years of searching and resisting, I have finally broken down and bought a wheel of my own.
I actually bought my wheel last Friday but didn’t bring it home until Saturday. It was pouring down rain on Friday and I didn’t want it to get wet after all. I have been practicing treadling and pre-drafting fiber all weekend. I kept getting frustrated with the drafting until I had the light bulb go off to try drafting as a leftie instead of a rightie. I took a spindle class at MDS&W a few years ago that was taught by Judith Mackenzie McCuin and she had suggested that I try spinning as a leftie since although I am technically a rightie I do many things as a leftie. Once I made the switch everything came together. I am not saying my handspuns are smooth and even just quite yet but what is on the bobbin looks nice.
I still need to practice more before my drafting is nice and easy. But practice yarns can still be knit!!! And for those who want to know what wheel I bought, I bought a Schacht Matchless. It was the wheel I kept coming back to after looking and trying several different wheels. Of course, now I am hooked on a new craft.