Oh my dear readers, I am so distraught.
For years (like maybe two) I have wanted a spinning wheel and I have spent countless hours online looking at all the beautiful options, reading about what I should look for in a wheel, learning to understand the different terms and how different things affect how yarn is spun. And years ago (maybe just one. Go with me here, I'm building drama.) I decided on the wheel I wanted. The Kromski Mazurka. It's just stunning. Really, it's beautiful to look at and it would be perfect for sitting in the corner of my little apartment or out on my "patio." I imagine it would make me appear well-learned and sophisticated, with a hint of maturity and an appreciation for well-crafted art. I love everything about it. I knew I wanted a Kromski wheel when I noticed that (most of) their wheels are named after different types of pieces that Chopin composed and with Chopin being my favorite composer of piano music, it was a perfect match.
I have put aside the thought of getting a spinning wheel because I know I won't have much time to use it while still in grad school and it's not really something that will easily fit into my budget, but in the back of my head I continue to yearn for one of my own. And today I began to think that it's not as far out of my reach as I had once thought. If I begin saving - putting aside money here and there for just a few months - I would soon be able to own my beautiful Mazurka and we would live happily ever after in a harmonious marriage of music and wool.
Imagine my shock, then, when I went online just now to check on my beautiful future wheel only to discover a note. A red note. In bold. A bold, red NOTE: and it wasn't good. In fact, it was the opposite of good. This soulless, dream-crushing note informed me that the Kromski Mazurka had been discontinued only four months ago. Just when I thought my wheel was within reach, it has been snatched away and I am beside myself with grief.
But perhaps one of you can help. Do any of you know of a source for Kromski wheels that may still have a Mazurka in stock? Or, though I doubt this, do any of you have an alternate wheel recommendation that I might fall in love with just as deeply and profoundly as I have with my beautiful Mazurka? I'd be happy to hear about it.
I know there are several things about the Mazurka that are a bit, well, lacking - it's single-drive and it only has four ratios (the fastest being 12:1) - but I love it all the same.
If you need me I shall be wallowing in a pool of self-pity and sadness.
(I promise an actual update in the next few days. My knitting continues to be unbloggable, but I have some amazing yarn I found at my LYS in Minnesota that I want to show you guys. I love it even at a time when my heart seems to have been drained of love. That's a lot.)