The internet is a wonderful, if dangerous, place, especially late at night. I was bopping around on the used sites and found a clutch of spinning wheels (one that was labeled as a “Canadian made weaving machine”?!), most of the good ones were around the 200 – 250$ mark and they are all “antique” ones of unknown type & providence (some look like ones that I recognize, but I can’t be sure). Which means that getting parts in Ottawa at any kind of reasonable price is going to be impossible. I’m also a novice spinner [read: have never done it] so I have no idea how they are supposed to work & none of the ones that I found are being used as wheels by their current owners.
I’m starting to think that I’m just going to spend the extra money and buy a new Ashford. I’ve had my eye on a Kiwi wheel for a while and it’s about 450$ with the taxes and would fit nicely into my apartment. I can take lessons up the street from me at Wabi Sabi in the fall, and they sell a fair amount of batts.
I’m going to pick up a drop spindle and some batts this weekend and try those out. Might as well give that a go before I do anything else. Make sure that I really do enjoy it before I invest too much! Not that I think this is going to be an issue, the issue is going to be more that I don’t have enough time to do all the knitting I want and now I’m going to add spinning into the mix!
In other news: I’ve picked out most of the rest of the shawls for my 10 shawls in 2010 challenge (I’m up to 8, three on the needles, 5 in queue). I figure if I can write 50 000 words in 30 days eight years running then I can knit 10 shawls in about 6 months. I’m going to do a bunch of shoulderetts and a couple will be in larger yarns, but they’ll still meet the requirements (250+ yrds). I’m thinking that this will get me some of my Christmas knitting done as well.
Finally got a chance to go out and get myself a good pair of summer shoes (thanks Mum!) I got 2 pairs of Birkenstalks, one in traditional brown leather, the other a black and white “French wallpaper” pattern. It’s almost paisley, just slightly more geometric.