Saturday, October 13, 2007

OLD STUFF - Spinning workshop at Spin-A-Yarn:
My secret Pal Terri sent me a £20 voucher to put toward anything I like from my favourite LYS - so I spent it on a spinning workshop with Mary (who will be doing the spinning demonstrations at our K-tog). That's Mary, seated at the wheel I used, in her white pullover at the back of the shop.
Four of us learners altogether (no picture of me coz I'm taking the pictures of course). Joyce is behind the counter.
Two of us brought our own wheels but I loaned a traditional Ashford wheel from Mary -
We plunged straight in by being taught to card the fleece and then spin it...


And I had a skein of plied wool by the end of the first day! We were also shown how to use a drop spindle but I was so keen to go home with some wool all ready to knit up that I didn't have a go.

Joyce serves up a wonderful lunch of quiche and salad all included in the price - with scrummy puds on offer too - not so good for my figure :-(
The second day was spent perfecting our new skills - and, voila!, I had a second skein of slightly less nobbly yarn to show off! That's the dark brown ball in this picture. What to do with it? I decided to knit Tychus from Knitty - I had a skein of purpley grey handspun yarn from Woolly wormhead with green silk in it in my stash so decided this would probably make it doable. It was - I had exactly enough to knit 4 panels which was plenty big enough and just enough to add a tassle and it only took an afternoon to knit. It's exceptionally warm and I love the result of my first spinning attempts. I'm now hoping to get a spinning wheel for my birthday (do you hear dh? hint hint)


10 comments:

agatha quafflepuncher said...

wow!!!!! I'm in awe of anyone who manages to spin! DH bought me a drop spindle, and loads of fyber to spin last christmas, and I've yet to even attempt it.....*blushes* LOL! The hat looks great:-)

Terri said...

Looks like it was an amazing workshop. How cool to be able to knit something from the wool you spun. Good Job - Great Hat! Bravo!

The Imperfect Knitter said...

Great to see you back , I thought that you had run off with the raggle taggle gypsies LOL . What a bummer, I don't live anywhere near you and can't get to your K-TOG , I will be there in spirit though .
I didn't like my scarf on ISE4 either , I furtively frogged it , and am waiting to be inspired , what can I do with 150 gms of chunky barbed wire ?

TutleyMutley said...

DO what I did, oh mighty imperfect knitter - I've left you the link on your blog...

ra said...

cool, welcome to the world of spinning. Aint it great??

Seahorse said...

I'm not jealous... much! Lol! What a wonderful time!

Jo said...

Great to see you back, and spinning too! Brilliant! Great hat!

Terri said...

Great to see you back. I'm very envious of your spinning workshop. Looks like you had a brilliant time. Hope your DH gets the hint for your birthday!! :o)

Piglottie said...

Your LYS looks wonderful, especially the food :) And your hat is great!

Riggwelter said...

Good to see you again!

Your spun wool looks wonderful, bet you had a great time.

I'm dying for a spinning wheel!