New Friends

It’s the second Saturday of the month and do you know where I went?

I went to the Spin-In at Greenbank Mill! It was only by a stroke of luck that I was able to go because I was scheduled to be home with the Girl Child while the fellas went out of state for some AAU games. Somehow, the hubby and I got our signals crossed and she went with them while I got to go play all day! And play I did…

Let me back up first and say that I really can’t begin to tell you how peaceful I find this place! It’s like a little bit of heaven.Β  With sheep.

These sheep were shorn during the Herb Festival.Β  I would not have expected their wool to have grown so fast! They just laze away and let their wool do all the work, lol.

I found out it was a day for characters as well as Greenbank Mill staged a re-enactment of the Civil War. The costumes were phenomenal! Check out the head gear on this guy.

And this lady…

I honestly could have spent the day just following this lady around. Couldn’t you?

Amazing dress! And using that baby as a prop was very convincing! πŸ™‚

There was dancing as well.

Okay.Β  So I didn’t dance.Β  But I was able to pull up a chair in the spinners section! And I believe I may have made a few new friends.

There was Bob in the back who was spinning on a Lendrum (actually, there were quite a few Lendrum lovers there so, if you’re in theΒ  market for a wheel, you would probably be in good company)…And a lady named Michelle, a brand spanking new spinner, spinning on an Ashford Joy (like me πŸ™‚ ).

Michelle had some beautiful fiber to show off too.Β  YUMMY!!

Natalie was spinning on a wheel called a Babe made of PVC tubes.

She’s spinning a super fine singles. Look at how fine that is.

She said she is probably going to be producing a fingering weight with this silk blend.Β  All I know was the colors were beautiful!!

I saw some familiar faces at the Spin-In as well.

Laurel, the redheaded spinning teacher was there, funny as ever!

When she wasn’t spinning, or teaching spinning and carding, she was giving tours to those who visited the Mill.

And, Linda, the lady who had showed me what a second cut was during my first visit to Greenbank Mill’s Annual Herb Festival and Sheep Shearing Day, was also there, still showing stuff…

For those who had visited, she demonstrated carding on a drum carder and picking wool. It was so funny because she bounced around everywhere!

I don’t even know where she found the time to spin this. Beautiful, right?Β  Note, she’s using a WooLee Winder.Β  It’s a special kind of flyer that automagically winds the wool onto the bobbin super evenly.Β  Nice!

Another spinner, Carol, was spinning hair from her daughter’s dog. She got it spun and plied before I could blink!

Linda and Carol are also weavers.Β  Carol took the time to show me some of their latest handwoven projects.Β 

The projects in her booklet were handwoven with combinations of wool and cotton in various patterns.Β  When they were washed, the places where the wool was woven in puffed up while the cotton areas remained intact.Β  So the material takes on a three-dimensional kind of characteristic. Take another glance at that photo….and look at this!

Amazing, right?!

This is a recently finished handwoven scarf that Carol made that she is intending to wash in the same manner. Notice how angular the strands in weaving tend to work up in patterns. This method Carol is using produces areas where those angles are softened and rounded as in the red/green sample.Β A beautiful distortion. You all already know I’m going to have to learn how to weave so I can try that some time, lol!

It was another wonderful day at Greenbank Mill and I would be remiss if I did not introduce to you the young lady who coordinates it all.

Meet Abby, who manages this precious place.

If you’re ever in Delaware, be sure to stop by and say hello to her for all of her tireless efforts!

As you can see, I had a fair amount of distractions.Β  But I managed to get some spinning done too.

This is Retro by Sosae Caetano.Β  I worked on this when I wasn’t being nosey. πŸ˜‰Β  The colors got so many compliments, one spinner named Cathy asked for the card that came with the fiber.Β  Score another for the color lovers! And don’t think that just because I was with spinners, I didn’t make them touch how soft this merino was, lol! What in the world is wrong with me?!

Hey! Did you notice how much sun there was in these photos?Β  That could only mean good things are ahead. πŸ™‚

Comments

  1. Well, thank goodness for crossed signals! This looks like a perfect Mother’s Day treat. Your spinning looks wonderful and I do love all the colors. You’re such a texture person, and I love it! (I don’t make people feel my fibers – because I don’t spin – BUT, I am known to touch people’s clothes all the time to feel the texture of the material. I try to remember to ask first so I don’t appear too weird. lol)

    • I know!!! But don’t tell the hubby because I’m hoping for a drum carder, lol. Well, that’s more like for Christmas. But a lady can have dreams. πŸ™‚

      That is hilarious that you touch people’s clothes!!! We’re not weird at all. πŸ™‚

  2. grayseasaylor says:

    Ohhhh, thanks for taking us along on your wonder full day! Amazing weaving! And you are doing a fine job with Sosae’s beautifully painted fiber!

    • Thanks Gracie! Do you weave? I want to learn. Maybe end of the year. But these ladies have been weaving for more than ten years! They are amazing!

      Sosae’s merino practically spins itself! One of the spinners that was there held it and said, “You don’t even have to pre-draft this!” Nope. Not at all.

  3. What a great day!

  4. Color me green! You’ve been to two of the most awesome “festivals” in the last month. Wow! Wish we had some out here. 😎 What a fun time!

    • I know!! In Delaware!! (blushing). I have never really participated in any festivals or fiber communities so this is all pretty new for me. I think next year I will add the MDS&W to the list too. But, one thing at a time, right? This was in my own backyard, so I really lucked out!

  5. Beautiful colors and marvelous pictures. Echoing a previous poster thanks for taking us along!

  6. That blue dress the lady is wearing is gorgeous! I can’t imagine having to make something like that let alone wear it.

  7. Definately the lady in the blue dress, is gorgeous. As ever, lovely images πŸ™‚

    • Yes! I had more photos of her than I’m actually showing here. I told her I could have pretty much stalked her the whole time and been satisfied with that visit! Thankfully, she didn’t think that was too weird. That dress is amazing though!

  8. “Funny as ever,” eh? Well, I’m glad I come off as funny, rather than shy and nervous, which is often how I feel. So glad to see you again and hope to see more of you in the future, too!

    • Shy and nervous? I would have never gotten that…But, yes, you are hilariously witty! I thought you could tell by everyone’s chuckles? πŸ™‚

      I know! I can’t wait to get back out there next month. It’s really a lot of fun there. My MIL is coming into town and I’m hoping to take her for a visit there at some point. Finally, something I know that she doesn’t! πŸ˜‰

  9. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, that looks like a wonderful place and a lot of fun πŸ™‚

  10. Looks like alot of fun!

    • I have had SO much fun when I’ve gone there! I became a member recently and then I found out they have a fiber guild too. So we’ll see what new things I learn this year. πŸ™‚

  11. I wished to be there too. I enjoyed so much Thank you, with my love, nia

  12. Michelle says:

    Thanks for including a picture of my new Joy wheel. I loved coming to the Mill and will come again. Michelle

Trackbacks

  1. […] As I mentioned above, Natalie showed me her handspun from last time. […]

  2. […] than usual (hey, when the kids are away, I get to sleep in!), so I missed Laurel. But, Heather, Linda, Bob, Natalie and Carol were there. As if I needed any encouragement, Carol showed me what one of […]

  3. […] remember Abby, the site manager?Β  She led the meeting which, as you can almost see, included Heather, Laurel and […]

  4. […] Abby was there. Β She usually has the task of putting together the events we have at the mill. Β Here she’s giving a tour. […]

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