Nice! I'm thinking about buying my first wheel too and am intrigued by the Kromskis but haven't had a chance to take one for a test drive as there is no local reseller. I look forward to hearing all about your new wheel and especially how you came to choose it.
Welcome to the fold! And so begins the process by which Jared immediately surpasses all of us in the spinning department. (Careful, it's addictive.)
And since I haven't said so yet - congratulations on your pattern in Interweave!!! What a big exciting life moment for a knitter! (It's always great to see men's items - there could be a lot more in IK, and this is one of the only ones recently that has actually grabbed hubby's attention! Yay!)
I believe I did predict this would happen...! Seriously, congratulations, and the Minstrel was my first wheel, too. Oil the heck out of those leather bearings...they should eventually turn almost black! I like it better with a stretch drive band and Scotch tension, but you'll figure that out. As for names, I think the Kromski names are quite appropriate, although I think the Minstrel should have been the Sonata and vice versa....minstrels being travellers, and all. (I also have a Sonata and a Symphony.)
Bwaahahahahaha! Welcome to the dark side! Really, resistance was futile - oops - mixing my metaphors. Sorry. So, anyway - NICE wheel! I went the other way - I had to teach myself to knit again to use up all the yarn I was making...but then of course I found out about yarn I could BUY and well...now I do that too. AND...congrats [late] on the sweater in IK! Love the "EZ feeling" it evokes.
I have found spinning to be an interesting excursion in my need for perfectionism. My first spinning teacher (this past April) had to keep saying, "let the wheel have it" so I'd stop trying to fix the bumps. I am loving it.
It may take a little while to get the hang of it, but once you get going, you will LOVE spinning. Trust me. I started last winter and am totally hooked. It's rewarding, relaxing, just all-around wonderful.
Hope you love it as much as I do! Can't wait to see your handspun yarn!
NICE! I just got the Mazurka, your pictures are almost the same as mine, all close ups with low DOF. Best to show off the gorgeous wood colour. We also have the same finish! Did you get the stool? I can't use my wheel with anything but now.
This is just the beginning, now comes the niddy noddy, combs, carders, diz, swift, ball winder, dyes for the fiber that you will want to dye, lots and lots of fiber and all the other doo dads of spinning. Hopefully you have some of these items already, I didn't and starting this hobby cost me a fortune! But I'd do it again in a heartbeat!!!
Hey, we have the same wheel! I love the minstrel, it is so beautiful that I derive tremendous joy from looking at it on days when I don't spin. I also have a son named Jared, and live out to the east of you on Long Island.
Your blog is always a feast for the eyes, you do incredibly fine work with both fiber and a camera!