While I do want to keep using up stash as much as possible, the fiber diet is well and thoroughly over. Today a little box full of joy arrived in the mail. Inside it was this:
Fluffy, new-to-me Knit Picks Aloft in Silver which will shortly become a Cascade Kid Seta Cardigan (Marelie Hurter), a bit ironically. The Flutter is a random indulgence I have no need for but have been craving ever since I tried it on at one of the designer’s workshops, but the cardigan is another step in the quest to not freeze at work or swelter when I step out. The Aloft is pretty close to the color it appeared on my monitor, but the Gloss is much darker and greener. Luckily, the reason I chose to buy Kenai instead of the gorgeous purple or red I was also eyeing up is because I knew even if it didn’t match my monitor, it was probably still going to be a color I could pull off. Red and purple can be more dodgy with my coloring.
The other big, biiiig blow to the fiber budget is one I’ve been planning for a while, and which I feel a bit less guilty about because my parents’ Christmas gift to me helped make it happen.
A spinning wheel! It is a Kromski Fantasia and in a bizarre coincidence matches the floors in my house almost perfectly. I took it for a little test-drive in my LYS and it seems perfectly wonderful (and SO much faster than any of my spindles) but unfortunately it was just a little, awkward test drive because of this:
Much as I’ve tried to get creative and change my positioning/tensioning temporarily, it is just not practical for me to spin with only one functional thumb. Luckily I should be down to just a band-aid on the damaged thumb in a few more days, and I might be able to manage some drafting then. Spinning Tuesday will probably not happen this week though. Any advice for when I can finally play with my new darling? Especially those of you who started on a spindle and switched to wheels, what do you wish you’d known then?