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Posted in Spinning, Uncategorized, video with tags , on May 6, 2010 by shortysmg

I forgot that I had a friend take a short video of me using my Fantasia.  

It was amazing to me how many people said the wheel wobbled alot.  I personally haven’t  encountered that.  And several ladies at the retreat tried it out, and no one mentioned a wobble.

So far my only issues with this wheel are not deal breakers for me.  1.  When you stop treddling, because the wheel is so heavy, the momentum  allows the wheel to keep spinning for a rotation or two.  I’m working on figuring out how to minimize that.  And so far it’s not been a major issue for me.  Also, Beth pointed out and I agree that with the slider being made of leather it may stretch over time and not remain as snug.  But I don’t see that being an obstacle any time soon, and I’ll deal with it when it happens.

So that’s my opinion!  I hope it helps anyone who might be interested in getting, or trying out the Fantasia!



Posted in Christmas, Family, Knitting, weaving with tags , , , , , , , , on December 5, 2009 by shortysmg

The last few weeks have been very eventful. Craft-wise, and entertainment wise.

I’ll start with the entertainment portion.

I am a huge fan of the Twilight series by Stephanie Meyer. I enjoyed the movie version of Twilight and was waiting as patiently as I could for the second movie. I waited until Monday, November 23rd to go see it with two friends. All can I say is “OUTSTANDING”! They had to leave quite a bit from the book, out of the movie which is always a disappointment but understandable. But I have to say I was very impressed with the special effects, especially the wolfs. And now I’m on pins and needles to see the third movie: Eclipse.

On Black Friday, my good friend Amy and I went to The Spinning Loft for a book signing event for Abby Franquemont’s book Respect The Spindle. I got a signed copy of the book, which I starting reading as soon as I got home. I also got two new spindles and some fiber.
I even won a fantastic Abby batt in the store drawing.

The event was so inspiring that I pulled out my wheel and spindles and set about getting some serious spinning done. This is the gorgeous Pygora I collected over the last few weeks. This fiber had been on a bobbin so long, I don’t even know what it is or where I purchased it from. I think Harley approves.  I also finally finished the One Day Beret I started while on vacation back in October.  

I also had a major failure with my mom’s Christmas shawl.  I ran out of yarn about 10 inches from the end of the project.  I ordered what I thought was the same yarn and dye lot, only to discover it was a different weight and had a shine to it that was not in the original yarn.  I thought it wouldn’t be very noticeable, but I was very wrong.  

I decided to go in a completely different direction on my second attempt.  Black chenille is on the loom and ready to become a beautiful scarf.  

It’s time to get back to work so wish me luck!


Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 9, 2009 by shortysmg

I have found myself working very hard at making sure my friends try all fiber related crafts. This past weekend, I converted a crocheter into a weaver. And today, I helped nudge a knitter into wheel owning spinner. And I am so pleased with myself.

Today’s Distraction

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on August 22, 2009 by shortysmg

I’ve been trying for two days to go through my issues of Handwoven and pick a dishcloth pattern to weave on my loom, but I keep getting distracted.

Yesterday it was an outing with friends at our local Panera (from noon to 10pm mind you)! Which was loads of fun.

Today it’s been everything from playing with Harley, he can be such a little bugger sometimes. To long phone calls with friends, which is always great. To spinning with my new Trindle spindle. Which I actually finally got a short video clip of.

I’m going to try to buckle down now and get a pattern picked out tonight, or maybe tomorrow.

I think I need a nap!