Today was the highly entertaining and informative Alden Amos & Stephenie Gaustad production spinning class. I learned a bit more about long draw (still have a long way to go before I'm good at it) and we had fun playing with making rope. Alden and Stephenie are quite entertaining, and everyone had fun giving Marcy a hard time.
Speaking of Marcy, you may have heard her complaining about her lack of linkability. In other words, she regularly appears in long lists of people all of whom have blue underlining under their names, but, being blogless, she remains in sedate black & white. A sad state of affairs, but one that is about to be remedied. I give you, the linked Marcy. Feel free to link to her photo here if you are blogging her. I do reserve the right to caption at will. Suggestions accepted. (BTW, if you think I'm giving Marcy a hard time, you should have seen Alden giving her grief.)
Anyway, yarn was spun, yarns were told, rope was created, off-color jokes were made, and a nice respite from the recovery couch was had. I also finally got to meet Claudia and Rosemary, saw Dharia, Judy, and Helen, among others, again, and generallly had a fibery day. Stephenie took a group picture; I hope to see it at some point.
Oh yes, I got to see the unpronounceable Icelandic Shawl book in living color. Claudia was coaching Marcy on how she should sell it on ebay. Can't wait to get my own copy. Juno tells me that the folks at Schoolhouse Press were laughing on Friday when the blogo-whatever got wind of the book's availability. Hopefully they won't have to send another boat from Iceland to keep us all happy.
I'm hoping to get started before the slow boat arrives, however. I've got about 350 yards of laceweight icelandic lambswool from a lamb fleece purchased from Barbara at Jager Farm at Cummington. It is itching to become a shawl.
Someone asked about WPI. I only measured the singles (and I'm always a little skeptical about WPI measurements) but the singles came out to 64, so that would make the 2-ply 32 WPI. If I listened to Alden & Stephenie today, I should be talking grist, but I haven't done any weighing so I don't know. Anyway, my diamond shawl pattern hasn't found its way back to me yet, so there may be a little casting on in my future.
I need to go help my lovely partner wrangle the kids to dinner, but there was a request for a photo of the snuggly spinning. I will note that this does NOT work with a kid who is not completely zoned out in front of the TV. I normally do not spin when the kids are up either. But our little recovery period has been a good time for snuggle spinning. Note the "armie" going on there with my drafting arm.
Snuggle spinning: now that's a way to spend an evening.