|Early morning spinning session.|
For years I've desperately wanted to get into spinning yarn. Over time I've acquired some drop spindles and what turns out to be way too little fibre. After a few aborted attempts with the drop spindle, a book and some youtube videos I finally decided to take a class last spring at one of the LYS.
It was a few hours long, thoroughly enjoyable, but truth be told I was a bit of train wreck with the whole co-ordination thing although I did leave the class with my drop spindle holding a little bit of a spun single attached to it so not all was lost. I practiced a bit following the class but then got frustrated, set it aside, then couldn't figure out what I was doing when I picked it up again. Still. That dream of spinning was still there.
Imagine my surprise when, on my birthday, at the beginning of July I opened a lovely card from my husband and when I was instructed to keep reading, I turned the page of the inset of the card to find a note saying I was to have a one day class with a local master spinner in the city AND after my class I was to choose the spinning wheel I wanted.
OH MY WORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The next day I phoned and booked my class for July 23rd and then anxiously waited, like a child waits for Santa Claus, for the day to arrive. I was all kinds of nervous when I walked up to the door, but within minutes of entering the woman's home I was put at ease. She was lovely and friendly and so very interesting. It was a day filled with not only learning how to spin, but of history and tidbits of knowledge she'd gathered over her years as a spinner and former mill owner as well as just general camaraderie of two people who share a mutual love of all things wooly. I was fascinated, and couldn't believe when the time had come for the little boys and (BF)G to pick me up again. I can't say enough good things about it. It was just an all around fantastic day.
|My new crafty tool!!!|
|Top is my first ever single, bottom is my plied yarn|
|Mystery roving yarn plus a teeny tiny skein of mystery roving plied with the polwarth batt|
|Last of the fibre in the house! Panic was setting in!|
|Shetland Sheep, Shetland Sheep have you any wool,|
Yes ma'am, yes ma'am, three bags full!
|Resistance was futile. |
I had to dive right into my shetland/alpaca blend rolag as soon as I got home!
Spinning has really taken over my crafting world right now and my knitting and sewing have mostly fallen to the wayside. I can't help it. I am completely smitten. I have always loved that with my sewing and knitting I could take a simple object of yarn or fabric and turn it into something. The fact that I can now take essentially a blob of fluff and turn it into yarn and then turn it into something is just takes it to that next level for me!