Well, my Aura came and is still sitting almost untouched. I was very excited about its arrival, but a death in the family kind of took the wind out of my sails. (After a few years of chemo and other treatments, I lost my Gramps to thyroid cancer, making this the third consecutive year that I have lost a grandparent.) I’m still rather bummed, but I’m reemerging into the spinning world and I still plan to post lots of review information and sample skeins from the new wheel when I get them done.

Other stuff I’ve been up to:

-Learned to quilt. I gave my first attempt at making a quilt to a friend, and it was hilariously obvious that I had no idea what I was doing. So I took an official quilting class at Quiltworks and now I’m a mastAr. I got one of those Moda jelly rolls and split it into 2 small baby-sized blankets. One for my friend, to make up for the fact that I gave her the world’s most poorly made quilt, and one for my sister-in-law. For the record, BOTH of the babies are already here, so I am doubly late on these gifts.

- Knitting a pair of gloves. (“Why are you ALWAYS knitting gloves?” my husband says.) My old pair is worn out & pilled, and the new pair I made a couple months ago just don’t excite me. For the new ones, I am using the best yarn on earth (Numma Numma Doppio) and making up a pattern based on the Froop Loop socks from Knitty.

- I crocheted a set of “action figures” of my favorite tv characters, with the intention of hanging them as christmas tree ornaments, and one of the guys from the show saw them and asked me to make him a set. More on that later when I get done taking pictures.