Tuesday, May 09, 2006

When You Wish Upon a Star...

Perhaps you remember my reaction to spinning on my first Norman Hall Spinning Wheel at Rhinebeck a few years ago? Or the response I got when, in an attempt to find a dream wheel other than a Norm Hall, I asked Judith Mackensie which wheels she would recommend at last year's MD?

I've wanted a Norman Hall wheel for a while now. It is my dream wheel, without a doubt. And this was the weekend for dreams coming true, what with Bess adopting her Golding and all...

Well, Saturday afternoon on yet another sweep through the main building, Shelia-the-pusher pointed out to me that a vendor just down the row was selling a wheel consignment. Not having a thought in my mind that I could ever afford it, I went down to drool and whimper.

The price was terrific for a Norm Hall, but still more than I could reasonably afford. I put in a call to GB but he couldn't get back to me. The wonderful vendor (Spinners Hill - 607-843-6267 - amazing rovings, too, but no website) could see that I was in love, and said she would be willing to work out a payment plan... oh my...

Well, I told her if no one was interested in it by the end of the festival I'd call it kismet, and work out a deal with her.

Sunday I could barely stand to walk by her booth, for fear I'd see someone paying for it and burst into tears, which I thought might be considered poor form. The festival was set to be over at 5pm that day, and at about 4:45 I went in and looked to see if she'd written SOLD across the label.

She hadn't.

So we made a deal. She'll keep the wheel until it's paid off, which depending on my budget might be around the times of Rhinebeck or the KRRetreat, both of which are up towards her neck of the woods, so will make for relatively convenient pick up.

Now, when you're married to a military/government guy who's a pro at removing all emotion from things and focussing on strictly the literal, busines-end of things, how do you expect him to react to the news that you're spending more money on yet another spinning wheel?

Because my husband, upon hearing this story, actually interupted me when I got to the part about her not yet having written SOLD on the label.

Interupted me to say "It was meant to be yours."

I love that man.

And that means that aside from the fact that I don't have the wheel in my possession and I haven't actually paid for it yet, I own a Norman Hall Spinning Wheel.

Words cannot express......


Blogger Kelly said...

congrats on the new wheel!

2:19 PM  
Blogger Laura said...

HOORAY FOR YOU! We missed you last night!

2:41 PM  
Blogger erica said...

Amie, I think it's the Maryland of wheels this year. Bess with her Golding, Sheila with her wheel, Jenn with her wheel and me with my new one. It was definitely a weekend to remember. Your new wheel is lovely, I can vouch for that. I may have to come visit next year just to spin on that lovely wheel.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Amby said...

It is gorgeous, and it was indeed meant to be yours!!!

3:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

We L O V E GB!



Nancy, Emma and Gracie Loo

3:54 PM  
Blogger trek said...

One word: keeper!

5:18 PM  
Anonymous Rebekah said...

It's a gorgeous wheel, I can see why your excited!

5:23 PM  
Blogger Jane said...

Oh, pretty! Almost sparkly! And yes, meant to be.

5:55 PM  
Blogger Kadiddly said...

Cool, congratulations on the new spinning wheel! I don't know much about them, but it looks really pretty! =)

Oh, and add another sock to the tally, please =)

6:07 PM  
Blogger vanessa said...

that wheel was meant to be yours!

6:17 PM  
Blogger Carolyn said...


6:57 PM  
Blogger Catherine said...

Oh, that's so pretty! Congratulations!

7:18 PM  
Blogger krisknits2 said...

It was fate! You can't argue with that.

9:19 PM  
Anonymous PuppyMomma said...

Yay you!

And when they are successfully able to clone people, I'd like them to make one of your husband for me. Holy cow. Makes me want to go and buy myself a Majacraft Suzie-Pro, in the hopes that some man will tell me its meant to be and buy it for me.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Rose said...


1:36 AM  
Blogger LaliƤna :) said...

Just like when I bought my first Mary Quant purse...I know how you feel!

Laura :)

9:43 AM  
Blogger secretpal7 said...

gorgeous. just gorgeous.

and i've got another sock done! a real one!

11:39 PM  
Blogger Lolly said...

I can't believe I didn't see you even once this weekend! It looks like you had a nice time :)

7:30 AM  
Blogger eve knits said...


I also have 2 more completed pairs (4 socks).!!


2:21 PM  
Blogger The Purloined Letter said...

Congrats on that beautiful wheel! (I just ordered my first wheel and can't wait for it to come!)

5:54 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Rose! I just discovered your Two Thousand Socks (yeah, I'm slow). My count for this year is 23 adult socks, and (count 'em) 102 (51 pair) baby socks.

3:58 AM  
Blogger Jenn said...

Congrats! I have another finished sock!

7:44 AM  
Blogger Judy H. said...

Another pair here! :) Very close on the next pair, too.

3:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to report a finished pair of socks. Although I think these should possibly count for two pair as they were knitted for my boyfriend (who has big man feet) and... they were felted!
Hoh boy, they were big.
And they were my first.
And I think I'll have another to enter tomorrow... we'll see.

Kathleen C.

7:35 PM  
Blogger Teri said...

Amie - mark me down for one more... I just finished weaving in the ends of a second sock.

12:35 AM  
Anonymous Kelly said...

Congrats on the new wheel it's beautiful!

7:55 PM  
Blogger CarolineF said...

Congratulations on the wheel!

(Finished a sock this weekend.)

8:47 AM  
Blogger Shelley said...

What a great story! Congratulations!

6:04 PM  
Blogger Zippianna said...

You say it was raining? Hollywood didn't stage this? ;)

Thanks for the lovely long story, and I'm so glad you got to see Boogie, too.

2:33 PM  

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