And a wonderful one, too! Saturday and Sunday, ALL day, BOTH days, I sat spinning with seven women in a workshop taught by Celia Quinn. It was a Comprehensive Spinning Workshop. We were given nearly 6 dozen different fiber samples to spin. Some familiar, some not. Some carded, some raw. Some in roving. Natural and man made, animal and vegetable. We spun each sample using different techniques, discovering what worked best for that fiber and what felt right. From the end and the fold, long draw and short. Sometime Saturday afternoon, I discovered something I didn't know about myself. I found that I had been using the long draw with my left hand for some fibers and always with my spindle and my right hand for others. If I hadn't sat next to a lefty, joking about handedness and space needed to keep from whacking one another, I might not have noticed. Interesting the way we learn to accommodate and do what comes natural. Celia passed out little taklis (tiny metal spindles). Fast little buggers for spinning the cotton samples. I hadn't used a supported spindle before. I will now. She demonstrated the chakra. We used two different types of distaffs with flax, then spun it from the fold without. The two days went fast, a whirlwind tour of fiber possibilities. And, I have a bunch of new tools.
In the evenings, I've knitted on Clapotis. Time for knitting is short now. By the middle of the week I'll be on elf duty. At last count, I have more than a hundred assorted sized wreath bows to tie next week. It'll cramp my knitting time and my hands.
I can't seem to get the color right in these pictures.
The yarn sitting on Clapotis isn't the Artisan 2 ply that I'm using, it is the sock yarn I dyed in the same color way. I don't know what I was thinking when I took the shot. Here's the yarn.