Saturday, November 8, 2008

Spinning! And Weavers' Guild of Boston Sale

Can you believe how completely lame I am about blogging lately? I guess when things get hectic, this is one of the low-priority items for me, sad to say...

At any rate, in fiber news, two exciting things happened today. First, I learned how to spin! Really, really badly! But I think I may be hooked. I took a beginning spinning class at the Fiber Loft in Harvard, Mass., got my knuckles good and bloody learning how to card fleece and spun some really lumpy yarn on a Louet S10. Which came home with me after the class. (No, I didn't buy it, I'm just renting it for the month to try to get the hang of this a little better. I'll definitely look for one with two treadles when I buy a wheel...) The teacher said I took to it like a duck takes to water, but I think I'm going to need a lot of practice before I get usable yarn (I'm picky).

So much fun, and my respect for the fantastic handspinners on Etsy has gone through the roof. Like lovely Ms. Maple of North Star Alpacas - wow, how on earth does she get her handspun so beautifully even??


I mean, look at that! Wow. (And click on it to buy it!) I bow to a master...

The other bit of fun fiber news was that the Weavers' Guild of Boston annual sale was this week, Thursday evening through this afternoon. I just popped down to Weston to pick up my unsold items - and found out I sold 12 pieces! (Half of the items I brought to them.) I'm most pleased! My etsy shop and studio are going to be pretty darn bare again, and the holiday open studios at Western Avenue Studios are still coming up, gulp!

No wonder I haven't been blogging much lately... I'm off to make the rounds and read some of my favorite blogs, I feel like I haven't visited anyone in ages! I'm sorry!

7 comments:

Leigh said...

Kirstin, what fun! You will love spinning; it is soooo relaxing. And just think, soon you'll have your own handspun to weave with!

And congratulations on such good sales. That's good news in this economy.

Susan B. said...

Hey, I'm going to be learning to spin in January! I hope I take to it like you did! What fun!

Alpaca Granny said...

Oh, my, Kristin, thanks for the mention - but I want to see your yarn. I'm so happy that you are joining us spinners. Be careful though, your weaving may suffer. Spin every single day even if it's just for a few minutes.
And congratulations on your sales! Listen, luv, it's a good thing to have your store a little low.

Marie said...

Oh, that is fantasic news! Congrats on all your sales.

Yeah, after years of swearing I didn't want to learn how to spin, I'm hooked too. It's so much fun. The consistency will come with time. At least that is what everybody tells me. =)

skiingweaver said...

Thanks guys! Yup, I'm really enjoying the spinning... Did some more last night, and I'm hoping to do some more today as a break from weaving at the studio. As soon as I get enough to ply together, I'll take photos and post it, even though it will be horrible, lol!

Sunrise Lodge Fiber Studio said...

Oh my gosh!!! Spinning?!?!?!?! Go for it!!! I can't wait to see.....just remember to hold onto those first skeins;) You'll look back one day and go, "How in the world did I spin like that?" :)

island sweet said...

so happy you "dropped in"! ahh yes... spinning...