Yup, the new baby wheel’s name is Maia.
A number of you guessed some variation in spelling of that name: Maja, Maija, Maya, etc.
A lot of you guessed Gemma. When the guesses started coming in and I kept seeing the name “Gemma” pop up I thought “What a pretty name! Isn’t it odd that so many people are arbitrarily guessing it?”
Then it occurred to me . . . um . . . Gemma because she is a Majacraft Gem. Duh! Yes, I am slow sometimes.
And there were guesses of Gemima or Jemima, and gemstones names, like Opal and Pearl. And some for Madge and Marjorie.
Thank you so much, everyone who offered a guess. I loved reading all of your emails! As I got hundreds of them, I can’t answer them all personally, so please consider this a huge thank-you to all of you.
Oh. You want to know who won?
I said that if no one guessed the name with the exact spelling, I’d give the prize to the first person who guessed it with an alternate spelling. That person is . . .
Phyl submitted her guess of Maja just 21 minutes after I posted the blog entry, so she is the clear winner. I know that Phyl does not spin and I also know that she sorta likes the color orange. So instead of sending her the handspun I designated as the prize for a non-spinner, I will spin the Autumn Spice roving into yarn for her.
I did a little test spinning on Maia this evening.
She is a sweet little wheel and spins very nicely!
Speaking of spinning, Kris asked:
Thanks for the brief wheel tutorial but I’m a bit confused sooo….I have a dumb question. I don’t spin (although I dream of spinning one day) which may be obvious in a second. Can you do everything you want to do spinning wise with just one wheel or do you need different wheels for plying, etc.?
A very good question! You certainly don’t need multiple wheels to be able to spin and ply — one wheel will do all that for you. However, some wheels are more versatile than others — offering more options, like a variety of drive ratios.
In a Google seach, I found this page on The Woolery website that talks about how to select a wheel. Also, if any spinners out there would like to weigh in on the subject, please feel free to do so in the comments. I am very much a novice spinner, and approach the whole thing in a very unscientific way.
Hey, Guess What?
We did get the cold air last night. I actually wore a coat today. Yay!
But something I found a bit excessive? I’ve subscribed to the “Alert DC” system so I get immediate text notification and update information on my cell phone during a major crisis or emergency. (That’s their description of the service.) I got an alert today, informing me that there would be freezing temperatures tonight. This is an emergency? Sheesh!
Here’s a picture of this morning’s sunrise. Sandy, I was looking up!
Yup, still plugging away on that first sleeve. But it’s almost done!
Beauty Tips From Lucy
How does Lucy stay so trim? Portia is, ahem, pleasantly plump. I thought it was a breed characteristic…I guess not.
Lucy thanks you for noticing how svelte she is.
The King of All Remote Controls and I were discussing how petite Lucy is just the other day. When she first adopted us, she was obviously underweight. She’s put on a little weight since then, but not much. She’s grown a bit as well, but her weight stays under 10 pounds. I think the reason is that she’s just not that interested in food. There are very few treats that tempt her — and she’s even gotten lukewarm about Greenies!. She doesn’t seem to eat very much. I give her a high quality holistic food (Artemis Fresh Mix Adult Cat Formula) as her main diet, so even though she doesn’t eat alot, I know what she’s eating is nutrionally sound. She is also quite active for an indoor kitty, because she is so playful. We play fetch every day — she runs like crazy back and forth chasing her paper ball and gets a good workout! She’s the picture of good health and a very happy kitty.
Have a good weekend!