On Friday a box was delivered, from Majacraft. I was preparing dinner for seven and didn't have time to open it. On Saturday morning I put her together and her she is: Rosie the elephant wheel.She is beautiful and elegant, but hulking compared to Gemima my Little Gem.
Pretty much as soon as I had her set up my brother and his family came around. To entertain Isabella my four year old niece I "taught" her to spin on the Little Gem. Considering how little she is I thought she did a good job of treadling. Carrie, her mother, has concerns about Isabella's physical co-ordination and told me that she would really like Isabella learn to knit and spin. I think Isabella is just a member of this family and being uncoordinated goes with our curly hair and brown eyes. Still I very much look forward to teaching her to knit and spin once she is a little bit older.
As for Rosie, she is a joy to spin on. I'm spinning the second bobbin of lace weight, to ply with the first, which you can just see on Gemima in the photo above, and it's taking a little bit of getting used to because spinning on her feels different. The height of the orifice is a bit higher, which I'm hoping will be better for my posture and I have switched to the e-orifice, which I think I prefer.
And as a piece of furniture she is so beautiful. The wheel that I learnt to spin on had a spoked ships wheel of a similar style and I find it charming. Today is cloudy, Leon has a new computer universe (Skyrim, for those who care) and I have a good audio book and a brand new wheel to spend the day getting to know. Bliss.