Of course I immediately unpacked and put it together, it was pretty easy. I was able to figure out how to set it up and about 1 1/2 later I was spinning. However, it couldn't just be that easy, every so often as I was spinning my footman would just pop of the crank. I thought it was something I was doing wrong, Tuesday was after all the first time I had ever treadled a wheel. My Dad was watching me spin and saw it happen and asked about it. He came over for a closer look at what was happening and asked my why I hadn't put the screws in the pre-drilled holes. So after a phone call to the company I found out I was indeed supposed to have screws (they're mailing me some), so in the mean time I tied some string there.
Other than the missing screws my Sonata and I are getting along wonderfully I've been spinning alot. My first attempt does look like yarn and is just slightly overspun. I think that yarn is going to be crocheted into something and felted. I choose my Daffydills merino by NaturalObsessions to try first, it didn't draft as well as previous rovings I've purchased there.
Next I plyed the Neapolitan roving from Cloudlover69, I had spun the singles on my drop spindle about a week ago. I love plying on the wheel it goes so much faster than plying with my spindle.
Just today I finished plying up two more bobbins full of yarn. On the left is the other half of my Strawberry Shortcake sw merino by NaturalObsessions, and on the right is Irish Bilberry corriedale by Exetreme Spinning. Both of these are waiting to be washed and set.
And last but not least here is a peak at the fiber I bought recently.
Merino from Allspunup
Countess BFl from Cloudlover 69,
and Ireland Variation alpaca, merino, silk from Squoosh Fiberarts.
Notice a trend with my purchases lately, betcha can't guess what my favorite color is? Now I just have to decide what to do with all this lovely yarn I'm creating. I'm torn between crocheting into finished items to sell (of course I'm keeping some of my favorites) or offering it for sale as skeins of yarn.