God. I feel like I’ve been up all night having some grueling emotional conversation with a boyfriend. You know, that emotional hangover feeling?
After discussing this over and over with various patient friends I will put it out there for my bloggy, spinning friends and then I will try to put this out of my head.
The original Rhinebeck Saturday morning plan was to drive a little past the fairgrounds, pick up D#2 at Bard (she is a sophomore) and then go to the festival. D#2 is a new knitter, it was parents’ weekend – a perfect thing to do! Pick up time was planned for 8:30 and D#2 asked for a wake up call beforehand.
What do you think the success rate of getting a college student out of bed on a Saturday morning is? I called and called and it went to voicemail. Then I tried a wake up text message. Then I decided she was an orphan. Actually what I really decided was that she would call when she got up and she could get herself to the festival.
All of this put me at the fairgrounds much earlier than ever before. Early enough to be first online to get the elusive Norm Hall wheel.
I need to say that I have spun on a Norm Hall twice before and I really didn’t like it. The wheel is gorgeous – truly a piece of art. But the alignment of the double treadle and the offset orifice on the Saxony makes me twist at the waist in a way that I don’t twist anymore. The woman who was there helping Norm said that the long draw is the way to go on this wheel. I know how to do the long draw and have done it, but it is not my usual method – I fall somewhere between the woolen and worsted method.
OH MY GOD – I am making myself nuts even writing this blog post. This is a long way of saying that I turned down a Norm Hall wheel because I haven’t liked it, still don’t like it but everyone else likes it so much that I am wondering what in the hell am I missing??!! I recognize that it is beautifully made, but I find the actual spinning uncomfortable. I keep going over and over in my head – what am I not getting??
What have I done????? Have I made a terrible mistake??????
ps. adorable owl mug from Jennie the Potter.
pps. I promise another ‘New and Improved Rhinebeck Post, now with no more whining!’ sometime this week.