Our antiquated boiler has given up and we need to replace the whole central heating system (not something you can avoid when you live in a 1930’s house in Cornwall – not that it gets that cold here but the houses all suffer from the damp without some background heating during the winter months) and the ten year old car is not going to go on forever. It’s great for taking the kayaks to the beach but you wouldn’t trust it to get you to the Lake District and back! I have been dragging my heels on both counts as it will involve a large loan. So I might have been a bit rash this week. I was extolling the virtues of the Majacraft Aura (I blame Ravelry) when my husband said: ‘Just buy one, you know you really want one.’ So I did!!!
Now I have a Majacraft Aura. I can’t believe it is actually sitting in my house. Since spotting one of these being used in a market in New Zealand I have coveted one. It is a carved work of art (a seriously expensive carved work of art) and I just love it! It has beautiful markings in the wood and is signed by Owen Poad.
My Majacraft Aura (well actually all of them) is made from New Zealand Rimu and has a bamboo wheel.
My Aura spins beautifully, the treadles are really smooth and the adjustments are infinite. I’ve only just started to experiment on her but in theory she can spin art yarn, lace weight yarn and anything in between. Although it’s probably not the best time to try out a new technique such as cable plying the first time you are using a spinning wheel that works so differently from any other you’ve ever used! My cable plied Corriedale turned out OK for a first attempt and the hand dyed BFL given to me by Ruth Robinson from The Wheel Ewe is spinning up quite nicely:
It will be far easier to take the Majacraft Aura to my spinning guild as it folds and has a handle. But I might be a bit precious about it and worry about it getting damaged. Also, I have always had the cheapest wheel at the guild which I am totally fine with and it might be a bit embarrassing to turn up with the most expensive wheel. But I might get over that.
Now I’m not going to be spending as much time spinning on my trusty Ashford Kiwi I might finally get around to decorating him (not entirely due to feeling guilty at replacing him). Previously I was too busy spinning on him to decommission him long enough to paint. I won’t be going overboard with that. I’ve decided to paint the wheel in an off white and then I’ll paint ferns onto the treadles and behind the kiwi, (again in white) to keep in with the New Zealand theme. When he’s up and running again after his overhaul I think I will put the super flyer on him and leave him set up ready to ply anything I’ve spun on my Aura.
The Aura is almost too beautiful to use. Almost.