my weeklong absence
Last weekend I went to the workshop Jacey Boggs was holding in Spinster Yarns and Fibers, which I’d so been looking forward to. I’m so glad I went!
If you can find a spot in your area, get yourself into one of these workshops. The classes are worth it just to learn the techniques (I am so very much in love with supercoils!), but Jacey really is such a technician; the control she demonstrates is inspiring in its own right.
Also, supercoils. They're ridiculous and funny and they make me think of superfriendly kawaii characters; if any yarn could have googly eyes and say, "Knit me!" this would be it. Naturally, I would fall helplessly in love with the one technique that can't ever be 100% balanced, but I also have a longstanding love for carefully used, energized singles.
We made batts at Spinster Yarns and Fibers
for the class, which reminded me of how much I love drum carders- and how neglected mine is. I'm working on some corespun yarn for a supersoft winter cowl- really, how many knitted accessories can one girl need? Apparently, there is no limit. The squishy, sparkly midnight blueness of my batt- which the lovely Kate carded for me herself- will be so lovely against my neck next fall.
In other news, we're getting the yard in order- it's all I've been able to think/ talk about all week, really, seeing as it has taken AN ENTIRE WEEK plus tomorrow to get that damned yard sussed. Wow. that will be a blog post itself- I'll have before and after pictures. The plan- isn't there always a plan?- is to get the yard steady to host a late- summer / early- fall outdoor spin- in or three; we have all this lovely land and we've never really done anything with it, but it's perfect for having people over. I'm thinking knitters, spinners, a fire, marshmallows, frosty beverages, something like that. Thoughts?