Yesterday I chanced across the ‘Wool House’ at Somerset House. The week-long exhibition and series of events set up by the Campaign for Wool is dedicated to all things wooly. During my brief visit I had a spinning lesson with Sheila from Dovecot Studios and bumped into a familiar face from The Handweavers Studio. I’m going back this morning for more, armed with a camera. I’m just so sad to have missed the sheep parade!
My first experiment with spinning and knitting newspaper is finished. Ta da! A sturdy pencil case (just so long as it doesn’t get wet).
I’m putting my new drop spindle to good use, starting with spinning yesterday’s news.
I picked up a Metro, the free London paper that settles in a grey layer over the floor of the Underground train carriages by the end of the rush hour each morning. It makes a surprisingly strong yarn, tough and inelastic.
After a couple of hours my fingers were pink and grey from friction and ink.
Sometimes, there are ridiculously amazing, awesome, incredible things on your doorstep.
And every now and again you discover them.
Today was one of those beautiful days, since I found out about and paid a visit to the Handweavers Studio & Gallery in Finsbury Park, North-East London.
In this colourful Aladdin’s cave of yarn I felt like the proverbial kid in a candy shop, surrounded by shelves full of silk, wool, bamboo, cotton, banana, rayon and linen yarn (to name a few) in a myriad of jewel-like colours. I attempted to satiate my appetite by testing out our new camera and buying a drop spindle and a handful of indigo and saffron-coloured hanks of wool.
Thankyou to Hilary and Sarah for putting up with my photo-taking!