Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Big box

A month or two ago I received an email (from a yahoo group that I belong to, not just a random email) advertising a raffle for a spinning wheel. Each ticket cost $2, so I figured, "why not?" and bought one.

Time went by, then all of a sudden I got an email saying that I had won.

After contemplating that email for awhile....
Is it a scam? But I did buy a ticket.
All those scam emails look real. But this address matched the one from before.
And they had a website. And they didn't ask for my credit card ("just to verify") or my password (ditto),
I decided it was real.

And got R....E....A.....L.....L.....Y excited.

I've been wanting a wheel for a couple of years now, but couldn't quite justify it.

Then, not only did I get it for $2, but I didn't have to pay for shipping....and it came in a BIG box.

Everything was extremely well packed.

(The packing peanuts helped fill up a beanbag chair.)

They also sent me a festival t-shirt, an instruction book, and 2 bags of fiber. How nice is that?

Several more days went by as I put it together piece-by-piece. (It had been taken apart for easier shipping, but pictures had been taken to make my life easier. )


Here is me in my new t shirt, not even trying to look like I'm spinning since I don't yet know what I'm doing. (I may not know what I'm doing, but I AM barefoot, so that's a start, right?)

I figure I'll try a bit every day and hopefully soon I'll get something that is recognizable as yarn. (At least to me.)

In case you want to see a knitting picture, Here's a dishcloth that I'm made for me!


valéria said...

Hi ruth!!!

wow...*doing a happy dance just for you*... that's just great!!
I'm very happy for you and that you won such a pretty spinning wheel.'

Don't worry about not knowing how or that it's thick yarn at first or that it breaks up until you wanna throw the wheel out of your window....Keep on going and you'll be fine.

At first you must get the tension right. When your thread breaks all the time you must make the tension less and less until you feel the thread pulled softly from your hand.

I'm wishing you very, very much pleasure with your wheel and welcome to the spinning clan ;)

Knit Wit said...

wow I am SOOOOO jealous. I want a wheel so bad. I'll have to keep working on my spindle.

That is just the coolest. Lucky you!

Diane said...

Wow! Good for you! Now you need to go join a yahoo group on spinning. And pretty soon you'll be posting pictures of your wonderful hand spun yarn.

Steph said...

wow!! How lucky are you, huh? I've been wanting to start spinning and I think it would go a little faster if I got a $2 wheel that looked like that.
Congratulations and practice makes perfect. :)