Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Vacation, The Third

So vacation was great and I got an amazing hair cut.  But that is not all...

While in Madison, my wonderful husband sought out and took me to a local yarn store, Lakeside Fiber.  I had a great time looking at new yarns.  I ended up purchasing yarn for a new sweater.  But the best thing I got was information about another yarn shop on a sheep farm. 

Since my husband was feeling generous, he drove us out to this sheep farm aka Susan's Fiber Shop.  I did not know it at the time, but she is nationally know for her shop.  She advertises in spinning magazines- full page, in color.  She get booths at fiber shows- several booths.  She is one of the largest spinning shops in the Midwest. I know this now, but walking into that store, I did not know what to expect.  It is just a big outbuilding... an outbuilding filled with delight! 

There was tons of yarn.  All different materials, weights and colors.  Brands I've only heard about.  Then there was the books.  Books and books and books on all things fiber arts.  Then in the next room...fiber!!!  Sacks and balls of fiber.  And rows and rows of spinning wheels.  And all sorts of accessories!  I should have taken more pictures, but I was in awe of the place and forgot.

She got D to "try" spinning.

She looks like a natural.

Susan had me sit down at a wheel.  "This is the wheel for you," she said.  And she was right.  This wheel and I clicked.  I've taken spinning classes before and it never was so easy and right.  My husband said I could have it.  SQUEEEE!  She could see I was in love.

It is an Ashford Kiwi.

So far I have made three yarns and starting on my fourth.  Not too shabby.

I am participating in Tour de Fleece which is a spinning challenge during the Tour de France.  More on this later though.

Am I crazy for spinning my own yarn?


  1. No. You're excited about something you enjoy, and it's cute. Is it weird to say that? =)

    1. I am glad you think it is cute. I hope it is endearing to many people.

  2. That is so freakin' cool! I wish I had the patience to learn to spin. Incidentally, your yarn looks amazing; how much would you sell a skein for? :)

    1. I have no idea how much my yarn would sell for. I am not sure how much I have in a skein. I could teach you to drop spindle spin. That is cheap and relatively easy.