Phew, been out and about this weekend experiencing St Jude.
Sunday saw Heather and I take to the beach to watch the Great South Run and for a chance for Heather to play with her new camera! Boy it was tough going and that was just walking, those poor runners really suffered running into the teeth of the gale!
If you took part,(and 25,000 people did)well done that was some feat.
Heather the new photographer in the family.
So that was Sunday.
The day before......
.....St Jude which here in Portsmouth the blew through during the night, I lay tucked up in my cosy bed listening to it roar around.
Morning brought sunshine and showers so I donned my walking boots grabbed my camera and headed of course to the beach. I had to climb over a couple of blown down trees to get there!
The beach was great, big waves and blue skies accompanied me as I battled along against the wind.
My face has never been so smooth, blasted by the sand blowing along the shore!
It was actually really hard to take any photos as the wind was blowing me around so much.
Believe it or not these two shots were taken just moments apart
The sandbank at Hayling looked very rough.
As I walked westwards towards the pier I saw these two Southsea swimmers taking a dip,
yes that's right a dip! They said the water was lovely as they rushed up the beach for a warming cup of tea.
It was a blustery exhilarating walk, there is nothing better than being outside, makes me so happy!
I came back home and spent the afternoon spinning some lovely merino and gazing at the clouds whizzing by the window, very relaxing.
Hope you survived the weather unscathed in your part of the country.
I watched and listened for the whole 3 minutes totally mesmerised.
What an inspiration!
What I loved was her obvious love of her craft, I immediately downloaded her DVD from the Interweave Store and oh my goodness I'm so glad I did I've already gleaned so many little tips and hints that I'm sure are going to improve my spinning, but mostly I think I just love listening to Rita's soothing voice telling me that whatever I'm doing is okay! And reminding me to enjoy every moment of it. Which I do.
So what have I learnt so far.
Make samples of your yarn, single, plied, thick, thin, just to discover which you like the best!
Keep your samples for future reference (so far I'm rubbish at this)
because you will not remember what you did.
Choose your own style of spinning, whatever you're comfortable with is fine.
Spin with purpose.
Enjoy what you do!
Which I am.
I'm only half way through the DVD so who knows what other gems I shall learn.
Spinning is such a secret hobby it's lovely to be able to tap into a talent that you just cannot find in your own neighbourhood. Once again thanks to the wonderful internet we have a whole new neighbourhood at our fingertips.
Who do you turn to for inspiration and advice in the craft world?
I've been getting a bit frustrated lately on the spinning front.
Feeling like I'm not doing much but my post on Friday got me thinking about what I'd achieved in
my first 14 months of spinning.
And guess what I've done so much more than I thought!
Take a look at this lovely lot.
I love looking at my first spinnings they look so textural.
They show me how much I've improved too!
I've made some scrummy things to wear too
I'm pretty pleased with all of these, although I think I've made enough scarves!
It's funny isn't it that we always underestimate our achievements.
I bet if you gathered together all the loveliness you've made over even just the last month you'd be surprised at how much gorgeousness you've created!
Anyway I love spinning, I have so much still to learn of course but I'm enjoying the journey enormously.
So in the past 14 months I've learnt: ♥
Spinning yarn is the most relaxing way to spend time. ♥
I love the feel of the soft fleece in my hand, turning into yarn. ♥
I can spin thin and delicate fibre. ♥
Don't spin when you're cross (treadling too fast.......not good). ♥
You have to be nice to your wheel otherwise she'll fight you! ♥ I know nothing.(about spinning). ♥ I can Navajo Ply(yay!) ♥ I absolutely adore the process of dying it's magical transformation. ♥ I need to keep better records of what I've spun, cos guess what, I don't remember! ♥ The internet is the most amazing resource for spinning wisdom. ♥ It's kind of a secret craft, I don't know many people who have a wheel. ♥ I want to make myself a cardigan dying, spinning and knitting all of it myself. ♥ I think about spinning yarn alot. ♥ I will be eternally grateful to my friend Jo who showed me how and got me hooked on this lovely craft! ♥ I can't look at sheep without thinking, wonder what that fleece spins like! ♥ Do you spin? If you do tell me about it. Tell me what's easy, what's hard, where you get your inspiration and advice from, what you love about it. I'm off for a little session before work. Love ♥Sue♥