Sunday, February 11, 2007

Sheepychic's apprentice....

There's a hank of wool hanging on the drying rack that I just keep going to just to feel it, snuggle it and admire it. The funny thing is...I didn't spin it! I still can't believe it. It is the first hank spun by my little apprentice, B. (Almost 8) She is a bit of a fibre gal, unprompted, who often slinks off to school with a few hanks in her bag for show 'n' tell. She's asked occasionally to spin, and I've had her sitting and treadling...telling her she'll have to wait until she's 8. (I was kinda hoping she'd forget...hehe) It was time. We had some Merino x rovings which we dyed on the holidays which spins up so easily it nearly spins itself. We divided it up into long slivers so she didn't have to draft it so much, but concentrate on controlling the twist with the pressure of her thumb and fore fingers. I've used this method to teach a couple of people to spin...and I swear it works well. I'll slowly introduce her to using her other hand more as she improves over time. Then she selected a nice little commercial fancy yarn to ply with....(omg....I had plans for that)
She spun it all, she plied it all...and it ended up gorgeous, with that primitive ruggedness that is so hard to do when you've been spinning for ages. hehe. Unbelievable.
A windy yucky day today saw us change Sunday plans from the zoo to the museum. The kids enjoyed it, as did I....the "Melbourne history display" area is such a high light for me. Of course we couldn't do anything peacefully until M had seen the dinosaurs. hehe.
Once we needed to ditch the pram, have a drink and a run about, the children's area is a GOD send.
Well...that's enough from me...thanks so much for popping into Sheepychic bloggings. Any yarn enquiries can come on down to sheepychic@hotmail.com. I'm looking for a couple more outlets this season coming up so if you know a yarn store or funkywares type store which may be interested point them this way, won't you. hehe...thanks.
Bye for now, Ruth....xx

8 comments:

Mandie said...

Please tell B. that I think she's a very clever girl, you must be so proud!
My G. has been asking if she could learn to spin, maybe it's time I got her treadling, I'll soon know if she's keen or not :-)It could be a case of the blind leading the blind though - wish me luck!

Ruth.... said...

I think B and G are good ages, and they seem to be similar type of kids...B had another go last night and about a third of the bobbin through I heard her saying a swear word!!! I told her to put it away for a couple of hours with the explanation "Spinning's just like that...".

Little Miss Kylie said...

Oh My Goodness!!

B. did a wonderful job. It's beautiful.

roseys madhouse said...

ah hello! look at the role model that B has of course she is going to be fantastic at spinning wool and making creations which will make us all extremely jealous. B you look so grown up. We miss you xoxo

Merry Munchkin Designs said...

Oh Yay!!!!!You go B!!! I am so proud of you and your mum!!! You rock B, now I want you here once a week for knitting lessons ok....

LOTS of LOVE Tye x

Kerry said...

Ruth you must be so proud...
B your hank looks awesome!
Isnt the museum just a great place to visit with the kiddies!! It's about time we made another trip, want to check out Imax too.

Ruth.... said...

Hehe..Kath...just thinkin' about that letter that B wrote before kinda..remember that?!?! omg! It only seems like yesterday. (it wasn't so nice...mmmm..hehe) At least I can laugh now. I was horrified!!!

roseys madhouse said...

I know you were horrified and remember how oblivious P was with the whole thing lol.

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