Sunday, July 31, 2011

New spinning wheel

Yesterday I went to Susan's Fiber Shop in Columbus, Wisconsin and tried out a lot of spinning wheels.  I have been eyeing the Majacraft Aura wheel for a while and finally found someone who had one that I could try out.  It is pretty expensive so I wanted to be sure I liked it before I ordered it.  After trying a few wheels, I was convinced that I wanted a Majacraft wheel because they felt so smooth when I treadled.  However, the Pioneer was significantly cheaper than the Aura.  It was hard for me to get a really good feel for which wheel would be the best for my spinning.  The Aura is very different than what I have now, but that is part of why I was interested in it.  It has a new technology that is different from other wheels.  The Pioneer was a little easier for me to just sit down at because it was more like the wheel I have now.  But, the Aura is sooooo pretty.  It is solid bamboo.  The Pioneer is pine and the wheel is fiber board.  I just knew I wouldn't be happy if I didn't get the Aura.  I saw it in a magazine and knew it was the wheel for me.  So, I ordered it!  It comes from New Zealand, so it will be about a month before I get it.  I am pretty excited and will be counting down the days!

Here is a picture from the Majacraft website of what the Aura looks like.  I can't wait to post pictures of mine when it arrives.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Tie Blankets

This week our book club made fleece tie blankets to donate to the Ronald McDonald House while we discussed our latest book.  We made six blankets and they were all cute! Mine had little alien guys (and a dinosaur).