All Yarn, All the Time

I finished reskeining the yarns I dyed on the weekend.  It was first and foremost a matter of getting it out of the way.  There was yarn drying everywhere. Here’s a bit of the spring in yarnie goodness.
After putting the fibre away, I managed to card a bit for what will eventually be this yarn.  I left the studio in the middle of spinning it.  Looking at this picture makes me want to set the alarm to get to the studio tomorrow.
I had the last class for Free Form crochet.  It was amazing and even had some impromptu spinning in the middle of it.  Now you’d be thinking that wrapping up at 9:30 would be enough, but oddly enough I found myself back at the studio rinsing some dyed top.
Home, fed and thinking I could take another crack at that baby cardi that I frogged last night.  The night is still young.

Sharing Knowledge

I’ve done something I have never done before.  I taught someone how to spin before I taught them how to knit. The woman who owns these hands can make magic.

 Another knitter and spinner set loose on the world.  Excellent.

Fibre Collective

Being open to change is a wonderful thing.  Embracing change is even more amzing.  The space is now either fibre related or in Joan’s case, fibre friendly. 

With the new fibre crew on board, and realizing that basically we share the same brain when it comes to our likes and dislikes it was apparent that we need to all call in before we go out on our own seeking some rare and fabulous Hungarian fleece.  So it begins.  We are ready for the birth of the Fibre Collective.

I’m stoked.  It seems that I am in the company of talented, generous people who see the world through the same fuzzy, fleecy lens as I do.  This has brought a few issues to light.

  1. I am restarting the studio drop in group.  I miss it others miss it. Enough said
  2. I will be offering a dyeing class.  Okay, March folks, near the end of the month, details to follow.

The 355 project has had 3 yarns updated to the page, however the next few days will be a yarnapalooza with many updates.  I’ve spent the last few days carding and prepping so I am really looking forward to the alchemy of finished wool.

Gabi continues to amaze me with her wonderful photography and I can hardly wait for her new photos of this piece including a beautiful baby, rather than just laying on a log.

I have something in my possession that has become my “precious”.  I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I also know that no one will be able to get it away from me without a fight.  Sweet Georgia Cashsilk Lace…all mine.
We’re going to allow the collective to develop organically.  And then look tor the warehouse necessary to store this fibre.

A Mountain of Fibre

and none of it for me….Okay, I confess that I snagged two rovings.  I swear I am only doing that for quality control.

My final class with my intermediate group finished yesterday.  Bittersweet, I would have to say.  This group was a joy to teach.  The yarns that came out of last night’s class were positively stunning.  And I must confess –I enjoy the largess teachers collect.  I had food, wine, a super sweet card, chocolates and absorbent J Clothes….(obviously from someone who has been in the studio on dyeing day!)

The monthly carding group will give me a chance to check on their progress but I’m not sure it’s going to be enough.  Hopefully a few studio visits will fill the gaps.

Much thanks this week to Kristin and Becky for the fibre assist.  The rovings we cannot spin are  being tagged right now for their long trek to the Arctic Circle.

The focus tonight is on 3 ply yarns…Gotta love a nice bouncy, round, lofty 3 ply…Yeah…

Thinking it Makes it So = Change IS Good

All it took was a chat with Joan, a Craigslist ad and word of mouth and by March 1, the studio will be full with new and exciting possibilities.  In the meantime with the help of organized friends, I’m enjoying the new face lift the studio has received.

 It feels like all this extra room but it’s just more effectively used.  All hail IKEA, the fixer of space and storage solutions.I finished both of the beginner spinning classes at Birkeland.  I have never had such an enthusiastic group.  They literally attacked the idea of spinning.  It was gratifying.

 As well as the teaching, I’ve been feverishly working on the 355 Project.  Inspiration for my current skein came from one of Felicia’s exquisite rovings.  BFL and silk are my favourite combination of fibre, the lustrous long wool and the drape from the silk make gorgeous yarn.  I’ll post a pic when it’s done so you can see for yourself.

Looking forward….new studio mates, new yarn, new possibilities.

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