The next few weeks are going to be filled with preparations for SOAR. Spin-Off Autumn Retreat is the premier annual spinning event in the
. It is sponsored by Interweave Press, and this
year is held in USA , October 21-27. Tahoe City,
I’ll have 80 workshop participants in my 6 days of workshops. That’s a lot. I’ve got to make sure I have sufficient supplies and all the needed equipment, including a spinning wheel! Earlier this year, I decided to get a Lendrum folding wheel for traveling. I’ve spent a good amount of time spinning on this wheel, and I do love how it works. It’s a fine wheel and does all the things I want it to do.
But it’s big. Folded up, it’s 29 inches long, 19 inches wide, and 7 inches deep. When I flew to South Dakota last month for the North Country Fiber Fair, I shipped this wheel in its original box, which worked just fine, but that cardboard box isn’t going to last forever.
I needed a suitcase. A hardshell suitcase. One that is big enough for my wheel. Over the past few months, I have come to realize that the size of the Lendrum is a bit of a limiting factor. I had friends who were confident they had an old suitcase that would be big enough. Regrettably, no.
I had to resort to actually shopping for a new suitcase. Perhaps you can tell that I’m not an enthusiastic shopper (unless of course the shopping is for fiber stuff). I had to build up the courage to go from place to place.
First stop, Goodwill. No hardshell suitcases at all. Then, to TJMaxx: Some hardshell suitcases, but the biggest ones were ever so slightly too small for the wheel. Macy’s led to success. They had a wide array of hardshell suitcases, but only one brand was large enough for the wheel. The case was available in three colors: silver, blue, and purple. Of course I chose purple.
Now I need to practice packing my wheel for best, safest effect.