Last weekend I went west with a bunch of lovely knitters who despite being VERY serious about their knitting were also a lot of fun. Our destination? WonderWool Wales!
Alli (Champagne and Qiviut, Rachel (Porpoise Fur) And Danni (Lioness Arts and who had the idea for Unwind Brighton and then made it happen). We wandered we ooh'd and aah'd and stroked the yarn and then I saw it...
the Schacht Matchless.
But when I begin treading a real wheel, the reality is a little different.
My (practically antique) Lendrum is kind of special. It was my mother's, she must have bought it 30 years ago. But it is temperamental, like an old car that needs every action to be carried out just so or it will flood, stall and just sit with its brakes stuck on. My Lendrum in expert hands (and foot?) is fine. A lady in my knitting group even demonstrated the most amazing long draw with it, while I remain at the very short, thick and lumpy stage.
|this is Rachel spinning, not me!|
So when we saw the Matchless at WonderWool and Rachel (of Porpoise Fur) put it through its paces, I just thought it was down to her expertise, untill she and Alli made me have a go. So I sat down, all the time protesting that i had given my wheel a good ignoring for more than six months.
And then I saw the light, the Matchless and it's smoothly running double treadle turned me into a spinner
I'm in love and have begun to save my pennies.
Of course I didn't ignore the other sweetie shops all around me, here is a sample
|From fibre to finished object in the colours of the rainbow|
|and some of the generous creatures who grow the fibre for us|
I did not neglect to augment my fibre stash
|from the top and right, teesdale, BFL, alpaca and silk|
|Whistlebear, Eden Cottage, Kettle and BaaRamEwe|
Lots of treats but I'm very proud to say each skein of yarn is destined for an actual project, all the deets next week...
PS - lots of progress in the studio, it's my reason for being a little tardy in the blogging department at the moment. The building work is done and it's over to me now to do the painting and (the fun bit) moving my entire stash out there!
|coming along nicely (remember the before blog?)|