The wheel is an Ashford Joy and the yarn was spun from a Shetland Top, colourway ‘Earth’ from Wheeldale Woolcrafts.
This weekend I went to an event hosted by the Lavernham Guild of Weavers, Spinners and Dyers. It was a brilliant day out: the hall was suitable and accessible, everyone was friendly and the cake was top-notch.
As if that wasn’t enough, the guild had invited a shop to bring their wares, so half the hall was full of fibre and yarn. And we were allowed to play with it.
Wingham Wool Work are based in Rotherham, Yorkshire, and offer something rather amazing: if you visit on a weekday, you can try out their wheels, felting kit and different kinds of fibre for free. And then you can take what you made away, for free.
They brought the whole lot down to Cambridgeshire for a weekend. It must have been a hell of a lot of work and I hope it was as good for them as it was for us.
As a new spinner it was a brilliant opportunity to find out if I like different and unusual fibres. Most of the fluff in my stash is wool. Most of the spinning fibre in the world is probably wool or a wool-blend.
This weekend I got to try linen, cotton, bamboo (yum), yak, alpaca (love it) and several other things I had never heard of before. My mini-skein of thick-and-thin yarn spun from a dozen different fibres is one of my newest treasures.
Unsurprisingly, my fibre stash has grown – might need a bigger box in fact – and I’ve got all sorts of plans for things I want to make. And plans for a detour to Rotherham next time we drive up north!