Yes, spinning. I’ve never mentioned it here before, but I’ve been falling in love with the colorful handpainted tops and the resulting two-ply, color shifting yarn. The more I saw photos of handspun yarn, the more I thought, “I have to try this.” I read up on spindle spinning, watched a few YouTube videos, and then looked for a store to visit….
This last Saturday I went to The Artful Ewe in Port Gamble, WA. It went something like this: get up really early, fly to Seattle, stop in at my house, make a grocery list, decide that buying groceries is no fun, go to fiber store instead.
The weather was gorgeous – sunshine, blue sky, and although it started unseasonably cold it warmed up nicely. I wish I had asked if I could take photos of the shop (go see the photos on her website)! Everything in Heidi’s store is dyed by her so there was fiber, yarn, and fiber ART everywhere. Lots to discover. My Mom went with me and we had a great time checking things out and then talking with regulars about everything from life to all things fiber related.
Heidi gave me her 10 minute lesson and I am now a new spindle spinner! While I do have a lot to learn, I was impressed that in just a few minutes you can get enough feel for it that you can create yarn! Basically you can have enough success in only a few minutes that you want to keep going.
Along with my spindle I needed a couple of fibers so I’d have something to work with. Mom couldn’t resist the lovely skein of yarn. I’ll make her something with it although we haven’t figured out what yet. It’s 330 yards of worsted weight.
Today (Sunday) was another exciting, fun filled day and it had nothing to do with fiber. I’ll tell you about it tomorrow. I’m exhausted!