|Sunshine on the table.|
I love creamy porridge with dried fruit in cold weather.
Last September I attended a Spinning Workshop in Woodville, a one and a half hours drive south from here. The tutor was Suzy Brown, a.k.a. Woolwench . She is an amazing art yarn spinner, who lives in The Netherlands. She is a kiwi however, from Hawkes' Bay, so kind of the opposite of me!
|Suzy and Tracy have their thinking faces on...|
I had a go at a Majacraft prototype carder, that we had to test, as well as using a blending board for the first time.
|One of my fellow students trying hard to not control the yarn.|
Tracy had some delicious fibres for us to play with, and I brought some of my own as well.
Suzy made us spin our first crazy multi-fibre batt with our eyes closed! This was to stop us controlling the fibre going into the wheel, because when you have spun for a while, spinners' hands want to make the thread fine and even. Art yarn can be bulky and full of irregularities.
Of course some of the fibre got so bulky, it wouldn't go through the hole, and there was some swearing in the room! Unfortunately not everyone had a wheel that could accommodate bulky bits.
Thanks to my new flyer and large bobbins I was fine with that.
It was a really good exercise.
|A fine combed merino and silk mixture from the blending board.|
I'll show the other yarns I made in another post soon.
|My favourite elmtree .|
It is massive!
And has the perfect shape.
Oh I love it!
Until one afternoon the cage door came unstuck, and our neighbours' bird joined the free bird.
We haven't seen either of them since...