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. With sheep.
These sheep were shorn during the Herb Festival. 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! 🙂
There was dancing as well.
Okay. So I didn’t dance. 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 the 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 🙂 ).
Michelle had some beautiful fiber to show off too. 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. 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? Note, she’s using a WooLee Winder. It’s a special kind of flyer that automagically winds the wool onto the bobbin super evenly. 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. Carol took the time to show me some of their latest handwoven projects.
The projects in her booklet were handwoven with combinations of wool and cotton in various patterns. When they were washed, the places where the wool was woven in puffed up while the cotton areas remained intact. So the material takes on a three-dimensional kind of characteristic. Take another glance at that photo….and look at this!
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. 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. But I managed to get some spinning done too.
This is Retro by Sosae Caetano. I worked on this when I wasn’t being nosey. 😉 The colors got so many compliments, one spinner named Cathy asked for the card that came with the fiber. 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? That could only mean good things are ahead. 🙂