One Crazy Fiber Lady

The ramblings of a fiber-affected single mother of twins who makes a living as a code monkey

One Crazy Fiber Lady

Follow Up

November 24th, 2008 · 12 Comments


I guess its time to come clean. ¬†I mentioned recently that I was trying to get on the waiting list for a Wyatt Pegasus. ¬†Well on Friday I saw a sales post on the Spin-Sales group where someone was selling hers. ¬†Fortuitious no? ¬†Naturally I lept and sent an inquiry regarding the wheel. ¬†It was still available, however it was a right flyer and a miner’s head too.

Miner’s head scare me. ¬†That pointy bit of metal sticking out scares this klutzy individual witless. ¬†Additionally I’m also left flyer kind of girl. ¬†Its a gorgeous wheel that I’d still love, but that configuration just wouldn’t work for me. ¬†

However, in the background of one of the pictures she sent, I spotted a beautiful wheel. ¬†I re-read her posting, which had listed some 6 different wheels. ¬†Below the Jensen Tina II (which I usually remember last minute that I have one too) was a Van Eaton 24″ Production wheel in Black Walnut with many extra bobbins. ¬†I requested pictures of that if it was still available. ¬†It was and those pictures I received are the ones I posted as a teaser the other day. ¬†After doing some research into the wheel and getting the sellers opinion as to how it compares to say the Tina or a Schacht, i decided I had to have it. ¬†I sent off a check and when it clears, she’ll be shipping me my new wheel. ¬†I can’t wait.

You know what a new wheel means, right? ¬†One has to go. ¬†This one is a tad bittersweet for me. ¬†I sold my Lendrum folding wheel. ¬†My very first wheel. ¬†I know I can’t use it, it hurts the ankle too much, but she was my first. ¬†I also sold my drum carder. ¬†I don’t use that either. ¬†I have so little craft time that when i do have craft time, I’d much rather spin, then prepare fiber. ¬†That baby went off to her new home in Utah today.

So there you have the rest of the long story 🙂

As I don’t have enough going on, remember my sister is with child. ¬†A baby girl. ¬†Remember also that I spun me some yarn to knit the wee one a sweater. ¬†Well, last week after injuring my knee and spending the weekend laid up, I got some serious baby knitting done…

Whatever could this be?

Of course, it’s a Baby Surprise Sweater!



¬†Here’s a closeup of the cute little buttons I found in my stash:

Awww widdle bunny

Awww widdle bunny

We’re headed out to my sister’s house for the holiday. I’ll finish up the seams and sewing the buttons on before we leave on Wednesday. The baby girl keeps threatening to come early and this weekend provides to be a good time for sweater turnover 🙂

And because I don’t have enough going on, I took the kids to buy new coats last week. ¬†Three winters out of a single pair of coats just wasn’t to be 😉 ¬†Alex’s arms were finally getting too long for his, though Kat could probably have worn hers for another year. ¬†She just hates to wear a coat and had refused to put it on to day. ¬†I figured that maybe being able to pick a new one would take some of the coat sting away. ¬†So off to Sears and the Land’s End section we went. ¬†Out we walked with 3 new coats. ¬†One each for the monkeys and one for their mama. ¬†Got tired of that hideous raspberry coat I’ve been wearing for 4 winters now. ¬†Problem I generally have is that I wait until late in the season to buy and wind up with one that fits, but the ickiest to me color. ¬†Not this time. ¬†My new baby is a Land’s End Weatherly Parka in Spice Brown. ¬†Not surprisingly, this brown coat has pink and cream accents. ¬†Go figure. ¬†After years of Neapolitan rovings and yarns, my winter coat now matches. ¬†But it does mean that the charcoal and pale pink that I bought to make the Fiddlehead mittens now doesn’t match so well. ¬†I picked up a skein of Cascade 220 Superwash in a perfectly matching brown yesterday at MY. ¬†Last night I got busy:

Neapolitan Fiddlehead Mittens

The mittens will have a cream alpaca lining. MmmmMMmmMMM. Can’t wait!

That’s about it for today. ¬†I’m far behind in just about everything right now. ¬†Sorry 🙁

Have a happy Thanksgiving to all!

Craft on!

Tags: Adult · Gifts · Stash Enhancement

12 responses so far ↓

  • 1 lynne s of oz // Nov 24, 2008 at 3:44 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Risa!
    No drum carder, eh? Well, that changes my plans some…. Nice baby surprise too 🙂 Must get wriggling on the one I am making but commissioned work comes first.

  • 2 Marcia // Nov 24, 2008 at 3:51 pm

    So, did the drum carder go to anyone I know in Utah? I really thought for a minute that the wheel in the photo was a Sonata, but the treadles didn’t look right. Can’t wait to hear about the Van Eaton. When are you getting a Robin, hee, hee? (I love mine, just so you know.)

  • 3 Laurie // Nov 24, 2008 at 4:32 pm

    You are one serendipitous spinner! Nice find!

  • 4 Dorre // Nov 24, 2008 at 4:51 pm

    congrats on the new arrival (the wheel) I love the baby surprise , those buttons are tooo too cute 🙂

  • 5 --Deb // Nov 24, 2008 at 10:19 pm

    Well, it’s important to match the spinning fiber… And, golly, a new wheel. I am SO surprised…

  • 6 Manise // Nov 24, 2008 at 10:49 pm

    Holy crap Risa! You are one resourceful finder of wheels!

  • 7 Deborah // Nov 25, 2008 at 8:54 am

    Congrats on the new wheel! I know how good y0u are with in with one out with another. If you didn’t I’d be really concerned. I just have to say that I absolutely LOVE the yarn for your sis’s Baby Surprise Jacket! It is gorgeous. Great job and the button is adorable.

  • 8 Chris // Nov 25, 2008 at 9:12 am

    Yeah, you don’t do enough. Get busy, will ya? LOL

    Love your mittens!

  • 9 Aubrey // Nov 25, 2008 at 9:17 am

    So YOU’RE the one that got the Van Eaton!!! (I think I was 3rd on the list – I’m slower when I’m out of town…) Congrats on the wheel find!

  • 10 Lizzy B // Nov 25, 2008 at 11:36 am

    Congratulations on the new member of the wheel flock. 😉

    Those mittens will be quite a nice match.

  • 11 Kim // Nov 25, 2008 at 1:39 pm

    Wow, you have lots going on. Yeah for our new winter coat! Those mittens are going to be great! Love that pattern. So you were at MY on Sunday? Me too. I stopped by about 2-ish after lunch with a friend in Monclair. Didn’t stya long. Just bought another skein of Malabrigo sock yarn and left. BTW, that is one of the nicest BSJ I’ve ever seen. The color is gorgeous!

  • 12 Daniele // Nov 28, 2008 at 6:03 pm

    Awh…. wonderful BSJ! I just can’t get enough of them. I finished a blue one for my friend who had a baby boy, and I just found out my friend Missy is having…… a boy… Dang – I’ve been wanting to use my pinks!! At least I get to see yours. And the buttons are very cute!

    Also, love the pink and black colors. Gorgeous. Happy Thanksgiving!