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The first try

So I embark on the adventure on learning how to spin since my son bought me an Ashford Kiwi for Christmas. My adventure actually started 3 days ago when the box arrived.......delivered by a cute young guy in a beat up blue minivan......"how odd" was my first thought when I looked out the window, but then realized this was a guy from UPS. You're probably wondering why on earth am I looking out the window. Well, I'm a very nosy person........hahaha........ok, that too, but I had to check to see why my 5 spoiled little dogs were barking like mad out the living room window. I opened the door when I saw him approach so I could step outside to grab the box and avoid any further barking fiasco. I couldn't help myself when I smiled and asked.... "do you guys have so many packages that you have to use your own vehicles now?" He just smiled and said "no, I'm just hired seasonal work".......and that was about the end of the conversation as I smiled and said "thank you"

So I bring in the box and contemplating if I want to open it now or wait til later. Hubby is still at work, Heather at a friend's house. I'm a bit intimidated so figure I better finish with the dishes so I can give it my full attention.

I finally brave opening the box and almost fainted when I saw that NOTHING has been put together..........what was I thinking??? I thought for sure that SOMETHING had to be pre-assembled you know, something, anything at all......all I had to do was put this here and that there and maybe hook this up here and that up there and that would be it. Oh no, I was soooooooo mistaken. So I get all the parts out of the box and lay them on the floor and this is what I got.........

yes, you see right, a bunch of wrapped pieces of wood, a nosy cat (Minnie) and a nosy Chihuahua (Bella) LOL So this is where I had to take a deep breath. I thought, I can do this, no problem, I've put lots of things together. Then I opened the instruction papers and thought "WHAT THE ****" Lots and lots of pictures, that's what it had, just lots and lots of pictures. No written instructions, heck, not even anything numbered or lettered. NO, just some fricking pictures on paper and you figure out if you have the right part LMAO. Hubby came home when I was about 5 minutes into it. I showed him the instructions and he just laughed, turned the other way, and walked out of my craft room...............uh, thanks for helping LOL

So I took my time and a few hours later, we had this............

Cute isn't it? Impressed that I could put it together right? Yeah? Me too LMAO

Ok so it sat for a few hours until I finally got enough courage to sit and just treadle a bit and put a leader on and fiddle with it. Now it took me another 30 minutes to figure out that I had the bands in the wrong places............minor thing that was easy to fix. Couldn't sit long though as my back was killing me from sitting on the floor so long when I put it together.

Are you still reading? Hope I haven't bored you half to death yet, I'm almost done but do have to catch up to today LOL Ok, so I've just been rather staring at it, watching it just sit there, not sure if I want to seize the moment and just give it a go. Finally today I decided to watch a few videos on spinning basics. If you haven't watched this one on YouTube, you have go to take a peek, this gal had me cracking up. Go ahead, just watch the first few minutes, then you can come back here, I promise, I'm almost done for today's story. I'll wait...........

Now wasn't that funny???  I did learn something though so that's very cool.  So I played around a bit and ended up with this totally overspun mess as I had to experiment with the bobbin break or whatever it's called (I don't have all the terms down yet so bare with me if you're experienced in this stuff, I'll get there eventually LOL)  I spun up just a little bit of some pink roving and a little bit of some merino and then plied the two together.  It got really late though so will have to take a picture later on and post but it's not enough to really knit anything with.  I didn't want to waste a bunch of roving but it was enough to try it out and I can tell you, I NEED LOTS and LOTS of practice yet.

I may have to wait until I can get to Lowe's on Saturday to get some wood oil or wood wax or whatever I need to protect the wheel before I really go at it.  But stay tuned for further updates on my spinning adventures and mishaps


What fun you will have learning. Your wheel is absolutely beautiful. Can't wait to read what all you have to say.