Our brains are full (and it was fun)

We took a poll and that was the consensus. Our brains are full and we had a ton of fun. This past weekend was the Celia Quinn workshop sponsored by the Desert Fiber Arts Guild. Knitting Hubby, Kim the Blogless, Loomless Jessica, No Longer Wheel-less Nancy and I, along with 15 other guild members spent Friday night, all day Saturday and all day Sunday spinning our hearts out.

Friday night Celia gave a presentation about Bette Hochberg, one of the founders of modern spinning. Betty is a former art historian specializing in spindling. Celia shared a large collection of Bette Hochberg’s spindles from around the world.

Saturday Celia taught “Spinning to Specifications”. It made lots of sense but for some reason my spinning was the worst I’ve done in a long time! Must have been the pressure. (ha ha) Celia had a sales table set up with silks, wools and silk/wool blends, quivet and other squishy soft goodness. I’d made sure that I didn’t bring too much money with me! (don’t worry, I did buy some).

We were all pushed together into 3 rows of wheels, chairs, bags, baskets, coffee cups and roving. Celia was surprised that the class had 15% men, much higher than usual. (Knitting Hubby, neighbor Neil, and Ed)

The first day was all about replicating the specs of a yarn so if you need do spin 1100 yards of yarn, you can get the same results in skein 9 as you did in skein 2. We discussed grist and twist.

And angles and joins. We spun super fine and thick. Celia told us about contests where the results are measured in miles spun per pound of wool. Our brains just kept filling up. Celia brought samples. You have to see and fondle these in person to truly appreciate how wonderful they are (so sign up for a Celia Quinn workshop soon!!)

You know the work is fine when it comes with its own magnifying glass!

Day one over, I had to head to work for a few hours. No time to think about the day. Sunday was all about spinning novelty yarns. Celia had put together bags of roving for us to work through, each one for a specific yarn we were going to learn how to spin.

I must confess to the fact that I learned the reason I felt so funky and unnatural Navajo plying is that I was doing it ass-backwards. Watching Celia a light-bulb went off and now I can Navajo Ply like nobody’s business. Still not the prettiest ply but I can now do it comfortably.

By the time day two was over we were dizzy with the skills we’d learned. Not so dizzy that we forgot to wish Nancy a Happy Birthday for today of course. We’d never forget that. Thanks DFA for hosting Celia, and thanks Celia for the delightful weekend of fiber related learning.

In non-fiber related news, Knitting Hubby was lucky enough to be able to photograph one of our local neighborhood Jack rabbits. We’ve gone quite a few years without them in our yard, till this summer.

And this fun photo Knitting Hubby took? Window washers. One of those jobs that is not on my top 10 list.

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4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Hazel Spindler
    Oct 21, 2008 @ 04:55:29

    Makes me want to say “I want to do that”…not window washing – spinning. hls

    Reply

  2. Chris
    Oct 21, 2008 @ 19:23:58

    Wow, that looks like a great class for a spinner to take!

    Heh, the window washers were on our building last week – it’s only 8 floors, but no way.

    Reply

  3. beth
    Oct 24, 2008 @ 09:54:27

    Now that looks like fun. The workshop. Not the window washing.

    I just gave you an award! Go check out my blog to see what it is. (it’s the rules)

    Reply

  4. Miss T
    Oct 28, 2008 @ 07:35:33

    That looks wonderful and intense and perhaps a bit intimidating!

    Reply

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