Ok, so I missed out on the smoking deal on the handmade cherry spinning wheel on Craigslist last week (ouch, still hurts!!!). I don't feel too badly because the gal that beat me to it wants to learn to spin, it's her first wheel and I was able to point her to the best teacher in the world, my friend PJ at Cottage Fiber! Plus, I had already committed to buying this...heh heh. After relentless posts on the used equipment groups on Ravelry I received a personal message from an individual who had this practically brand new Country Spinner with two extra bobbins (they're $50 apiece retail!). I saved about $100 on the price, plus shipping and tax. I had hoped to find one for even less, but it wasn't happening fast enough for me. I had my loom sold and the cash was burning a hole in my pocket.
I picked it up yesterday and unpacked it from it's cleverly constructed suitcase like bundle (the seller's mom brought it on the plane back from her easter visit). That's another funny part of the story, the seller lives in Maryland but her mother lives in the KC area so shipping wasn't an issue. I spent an hour or so yesterday afternoon waxing all the wood parts and sat down in my pajamas first thing this morning and completed the assembly. All I can say is thank goodness she found the instructions because it was quite a task.
First wool to be spun is going to be my roving from Maggie's Farm. I have a couple pounds of it and I want to test the capacity on these monster bobbins!