Friday, December 09, 2005

First big snowstorm

Snow, snow, snow...by noon today there was a foot on the ground and it's still coming down (or sideways rather, it's windy, too). Messy and cold but very pretty (and it means I can go snowshoeing soon!) No excuse for me not to go to work today since I live next door, but pretty much everyone else stayed home today! I did manage to get a lot of work done with no one else around to ask me questions :)

I joined the knitting group in town in November which has been a lot of fun -- good to get to know fellow knitters. Mostly I've been working on my Shetland Tea Shawl from A Gathering of Lace. It's almost done -- I'm working on the edging!

On the spinning front, I taught a drop spinning class for three people at the Center for Traditional Arts on Monday -- it went reasonably well -- the one guy was really into it, the two women were seemingly not as interested, but it was a good experience anyway. A lot of people here at work want me to teach them to spin, so we'll have to figure something out for after New Year's. It would be nice to start a spinning group, too.

I loaned my digital camera to my sister, so no pictures, but I did intend to post a picture of my "new" spinning wheel. It's actually a very old spinning wheel that needed some love. I have been looking for a reasonably priced junker that I can fix up for a while now and the other day Michael alerted me to it's existence at a an antique shop in Northwood. I went to visit it, didn't buy it, and then went back a few days later and found it was on sale, so it has a new home now! It will need some work to the wheel, a new driveband, and eventually to be refinished.

I've also been working on the gray alpaca fleece from Wool Day at the Village. Hand-carding, spinning, then washing the yarn -- just looking at and handling the fiber you wouldn't notice how horribly dirty it is, alpaca isn't greasy like sheep wool.