Well, today was the big day!! I buckled my new wheel into the front seat of my car and headed out to Karen's house, a spinner from the local spinning guild who offered to teach me to spin. It was fairly easy to find her farm... there is a big quilt painted onto the front of the barn. It is part of the Barn Quilts of Grundy County. This quilt pattern is called 'North Winds'.
Karen and her husband actually raise alpacas, and I got to meet the whole herd. I have to say there is nothing sweeter than a little alpaca face!! Karen shears all of the alpacas and sends the fleeces to a company to be washed and carded and made into roving. She is waiting for the call that the 50 pounds of fleece she sent in last May are ready for pick up!!
More Alpaca sweetness... I am now thinking that I may need a couple of little alpacas!
But onto the business at hand... spinning! Karen was a very patient teacher, and it wasn't long before I was actually sort of getting the hang of it! Now it is just a matter of spending time at the wheel practicing, practicing, practicing!
I have been doing a little knitting, and just have to finish the handles and the Sophie bag will be ready to felt. I think I am going to have to 'reward' myself with spinning time after I do a certain amount of knitting on my projects that have a deadline!!
Of course, Sumo is happy to keep me company whether I am knitting or spinning or whatever. And yes, his face is even cuter than those little alpacas! (Although it's very close!!)
Off to spin! I'll keep you posted on my progress!
Until Next Time...