Last night was my first spinning wheel lesson. I started out on an Ashford Traditional, but it just wasn't working for me (or anyone else, there was a problem with the tensioning mechanism) so I switched over to a Louet S-10. I am still having problems drafting evenly, but it's so much better than when I first began on the spindle last year. Here's the first product:
I've got three more lessons and I'd like to try out a Lendrum and a Majacraft Suzie that are also in the shop. I tried a Schatcht single treadle and didn't like that, so the two above are the only other ones that are really interesting (although I'd consider the Babe if I wanted a new wheel right now.) I don't know that I'm going to buy a wheel in the immediate future, my first desire is to get the one I have in working order - and my instructor has said she might be able to work with me on that. Also, I just made two huge purchases (the chest and the computer) and just got pre-approved for a home loan in Texas, so I'm going to be watching the pennies for a while. Still, this is the best opportunity I'll have for a long time to experiment with wheels, so I'm going to take advantage.
I don't know if anyone noticed the little gold flashes on the red scarves I put up yesterday, but I had mom take a close-up for me. She got these neat little tags at a bead shop and knit them into the scarves. (And she got some for me, too!)