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So, I gathered up some samples last night for Alden. 4 singles, and 5 plied yarns. I tried to label them all....hope I gave enough information to help him out. It's been so long since I had to send him samples (1998, IIRC) that I have forgotten what info he needs. :blush: I did *not* include any doghair yarn, since Steph is allergic to it - she's also allergic to bunny fluff, so no Angora samples, either.

I'm leaning heavily towards the 36". (Thanks, Sara! You make a great enabler! *g*) We'll see what the Great One says...but that's where my lust lies. This will absolutely, positively be the last wheel I order from Alden (ummm...yeah, so I think I've said that before, but I really, really mean it this time!), so I want to make sure I'm happy forever. (Hey, who am I kidding? It's an AA - of course I'll love it forever - his wheels rock. Seriously!)

A shout-out for my DH. He finished out a lovely paduak hair fork for me last night - it's in my hair now. It's lovely, very nice, smooth, and holds fantastically. He's got 3 more in the works - all out of zebrawood. (Yes, I admit it - I am an exotic wood slut. The more colorful, the better - you can keep your maple (unless it's curly!), your chestnut (unless it's highly figured!!), send me the purpleheart, paduak, zebrawood, ebony, etc.) 2 are pi-shaped, the 3rd is more organic - like a capital "P" (only, it's a bit too thick, so it needs to be sanded down pretty far. It's too heavy for my hair right now :wails:) All are lovely, and I can't wait for them to be finished so I can wear them.

Got the Fair entries all labeled and packed....did I take pictures? Of course not! :sigh: I'll do it like I did last year - once I get them home on Saturday. I'll be glad when it's over - I wanna wear my silk shawl!!! And my lace socks!!! *ahem* I'll drop them off tomorrow evening...then pace until Saturday when I see the results.

I have just about worked out a swap - some of my handspun for a finished Calorimetry. I like how it looks, but I *HATE* knitting back and forth....I've got some handspun to send to have 1 made for me, and as soon as she tells me what she'd like, I'll get some spun up for her. Win/Win, in my book. :grin:

Tax Returns calleth....
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:March 20th, 2007 02:29 pm (UTC)
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You need to get him working on spindles and niddynoddys and marital aids nostepindes -- then he can earn his keep.

I'm sure that Shaft and Jonathan Bosworth haven't totally cornered the market in exotic wood spinning tools.
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From:fiberaddict
Date:March 20th, 2007 02:57 pm (UTC)
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*snerk* SHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! Don't want to let the cat out of the bag just yet - I have to gently lead him to come to this conclusion on his own.

Then, we'll buy a lathe and I start beggingasking for new/improved spindles, and nostes and niddys and and and...:evil grin:
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From:hugh_mannity
Date:March 20th, 2007 03:02 pm (UTC)
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And then you'll post pictures on your blog and be deluged in comments and email from people like me who are also exotic wood sluts and before he realises what's happened he'll be running his own business!


And he'll think it was his idea ;)
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From:fiberaddict
Date:March 20th, 2007 04:24 pm (UTC)
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Ah, from your mouth to the deity's ear!

He does good work, I just have to keep him....motivated. No hardship here...:whistles innocently:
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From:ritaspins37
Date:March 20th, 2007 04:05 pm (UTC)
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yes to all of the above! don't forget that is also on my list of things to develop. As soon as I can get these back orders out of the way that is!
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From:ritaspins37
Date:March 20th, 2007 04:10 pm (UTC)
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oh, yeah, I talked to L about an AA wheel last night. I told him I was going to start putting money away every month towards the down pmt and double it once I get a job. He didn't respond yet. I am trying to decide which one to ask for, so far leaning towards the American Saxony or a norwegian like yours.
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From:fiberaddict
Date:March 20th, 2007 04:23 pm (UTC)
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Just an FYI, the Norwegian is about 2x as much as the American Saxony. :shock: The final price made me blink a bit, but since it took him 3 years to finish it, it wasn't as bad as it could have been. :grin: I paid 1/2 up front, then the other half with that year's IRS check. (Thank goodness for kids/house payments - the IRS can't keep as much of my $$!)

I love it - it is well worth the money - but :whew:. That's the only thing that's got me considering a smaller wheel - the 36" is pricey. (But the IRS is paying for it, so.....I don't mind. Yes, I can justify just about anything, can't I? :grin:)
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