I have to apologise because some of you have waited over a week for me to post about my spinning lesson day. I blame the Tour de France
I started off with a lovely cup of tea and was given a lovely present of a brooch (which I’m wearing in the photo). My first lesson was in carding the fleece and making little rollags of yarn for later on. My favourite carding device was a pair of dog grooming brushes! I also liked the long handled brush for banging the wool – I’m sorry but the technical names for these things has escaped me!
It wasn’t long before I was sitting at the wheel. It is definitely a lot harder than it looks which is what I suspected. Next to me is Helle, Carol’s labrador who proved to be such a good influence that every time she walked off my spinning would go awry. I am having a hard time convincing pao that a golden labrador is an integral part of the spinning package.
Carol treated me to the most amazing lunch of homemade quiche and salad before I got onto spinning some brown fleece from Jacob’s sheep.
In the evening, pao and I went to Skippers in Bridge . There was a partial power cut in the village so we ate mostly by candlelight in the semi-darkness but it was absolutely wonderful.
Not only did I get a spinning day and a lovely alpaca called Annie, pao also organised this pile of presents too (plus another surprise which arrived a few days later having been held at customs for almost a month – photos of that soon). Inside were the rest of the Swallows and Amazons books which I have been collecting, No Pattern Knits and Katje the Windmill Cat which is worth it for the beautiful artwork inside He surpassed himself by subscribing me to the Hip Knits club and I was sent my welcome and birthday gift together – I’ll post photos of these soon!
I just want to say a big thank you to pao for spoiling me rotten on my birthday! I loved my day learning to spin and I’m seriously looking at spinning wheels so any tips would be appreciated. I used an Ashford Traveller with a single treadle during the day which I quite liked but Ashford only do double treadle now. I think I’ll have to try one out before I decide which one it will be. Any advice is appreciated!