Okay, hokey puns aside, my Babe came in monday and I've been so busy figuring out how this whole spinning thing is supposed to work (and, you know, studying) that I haven't posted anything on it!
It was pretty easy to set up, put three tube bits where tube bits ought go and screw in to secure, stick on a flyer, bobbin, and drive band, pop the treadles onto the frame and you're good to go. My first, oh, two days were disastrous - I admit it, I'm not too bright, and it took a lot of "but what is it supposed to be doing that it's not?" before I went over the instruction sheet again, the manufacturer's email again, oiled everything again, and of course, just when I bring Sweetie over to show him what's not going on that should be, something clicks and I start spinning up a storm. I have since volunteered him to be the first victim of my spinning madness in the form of a hat that he must wear and love, regardless of how much like crap it looks. I've spun all the way through the extra fiber Heather sent me (it was very sweet of her) and most of the way through the half-pound of Brown Sheep roving that came with the wheel. That I plan to dye and make into a scarf for me. When I get home from classes today, I get to work on the actual dyed rovings from Heather, and try and practice uniformity of singles.
For now, though, it's back to studying! Cognitive psychology waits for no one.