excuse the hodgepodge of spinnerly thoughts, but i needed to consolidate.
i taught a spinning class yesterday to two women who already had their own wheels. it was fun. they had originally learned a ways out of the city from a woman in her 80s. i was highly amused when they said that she didn’t really know how to spin commercially produced roving because she had always processed it herself!! so cool. i am not that woman.
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at the handmade arcade i met jess king of cityspun. she’s coming to the shop this month to do a demo/talk etc. and it’s free! so if you’re in the area, you should come. anyhow, she got a hold of me over etsy a bit ago to see if i could knit something out of her handspun. with a toddler at home and much else going on, she wasn’t getting too much done by means of samples (i think we all understand that…). of course, i’m always willing to help a fellow fibery person in need, so i agreed and a lovely skein of merino came in the mail.
which i combined with a partial ball of wool that vivian passed my way to make these fingerless mitts
then i had plenty left, so i proceeded to make this baby hat ( i think i could just crawl inside and live in that squishy merino tassel)
and as you can see i still have some left!
so i may try to make something more before jess comes…
although it seems to me that many people have no idea what to do with handspun yarns, i find them to be nothing but fun. i love the challenge. with this project i focused on combining handspun with other yarns and had a great time doing it. thanks for the chance jess! now i think i’ll dig out the skein i bought from her at handmade and do something with it…
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over on the knitterly things blog there are some lovely handspun chevron hats. if you haven’t checked them out yet, they’re a must!
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although i’m not going to officially post a list of all of the spinnerly blogs we’ve found… i will redirect you to my post here (be sure to read the comments), and the further comments under this post. i also recently found cotton deer and wish to add that to the list. thanks to you all for sharing your faves!