Emily's the knitter, Clare's the spinner, and we both like cocktails!

Sunday, 14 October 2007

A swan is coming!

So, when I stayed with Brenda a couple of weeks ago, she taught me to spin on a drop spindle. She has been determined over the last times we have met that I should try spinning, and I do long to make that barber-pole type stuff (like pigeonroof studios does so well) that I have lusted after since getting the Twisted Sisters' sock book.

Anyway, I was pretty rubbish, but it was fun, and I made yarn! Brenda says to get some BFL, and I plan to (form Fyberspates, I expect) as it is nice and long stapled too, so fairly easy to start off with. She also said I should get a
Grafton Fibers spindle as they are wonderful! Who am I to argue....

I googled a bit, and found them available from
Threadbear Fiberarts Studio, a place I've heard about on lots of blogs over the last few years - and would love to visit. Bit of a long way for just a spindle. But wait! I was involved in Domesticraft's Knitterly Letter Swap way back in March of this year, and have been keeping in touch with Barb with great pleaseure ever since (she's fed my desire for Diego Rivera mural pics, among other things). And Barb was waxing lyrical about Threadbear Fiberarts Studio. And said - 'do ask if you want me to get you anything'. So I did! I asked for a Swan/ Mala spindle, for her to decide.

And she's chosen a Swan, and it's bought and posted!

(And Barb will get some KSH from here in exchange, for the Modern Quilt wrap. Perfect all round!)

Clarey poi2
Thought this pic of C doing fire poi waas appropriate for discussion of spinning!


RooKnits said...

Wow, I am impressed with the fire poi. I had a go with them in August and kept hitting myself in the head... luckily they weren't on fire! The stole below looks amazing. I can't believe how much yarn it takes (and therefore how massive it is going to be). I haven't even come to the end of my first skein yet on MS3!! However this also shows how slow I am.
At the last Brum Knit Night Rachel bought her drop spindle, I had a go and quite enjoyed it. I thought I might find one at Ally Pally, but I didn't!

Anonymous said...

Freya has a Grafton Fibres spindle and really loves it. If you look at the spinning links in my sidebar there is somewhere that starts with W. It is up near Doncaster and has lots of fibre. I got BFL (in both natural colours and some blends of natural colours) from them a couple of years ago. They also do sample size packs.

Of course I am chortling about the fact that she has trapped you....

Barb said...

Hey! I'm famous! Or infamous....kind of a fine line most days. Another funny thing - the green and purple yarn on Brenda's blog (Twilly's Freedom Sprit I think)- I have a vest back just about done....and a ballet wrap cardigan waiting in the reds....