Good morning from the west coast! I’m in Seattle this weekend attending the Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat. This is my first time at this retreat and even though I wasn’t able to bring any of my spinning wheels, I did pack a selection of my spindles to teach a spinning workshop on my first night here. Others did bring wheels though and this retreat has its own loaner wheel, an Ashford Traditional. It’s going home with one of the guys here. I taught him to spin on it yesterday.
I’ve been spending much of my time here this weekend knitting my Iain sweater, a pattern by Figheadh Yarnworks. My hope is to have this done by Rhinebeck, and that the temperatures are cool enough this year to actually wear it. That hasn’t been case the last couple of years.
Later today my focus will be on spinning again. We have a special treat today. Judith MacKenzie will be joining us to give a presentation on the history of textiles and a spinning demonstration. I’m so excited. Though I’ve never met her before, Judith has taught me so much about spinning by way of her books and videos and it will be an honor to finally meet her.
That’s it for this morning. It’s just a little after 7AM here and the guys are beginning to start their day. Mine started several hours ago, just like it does at home. I’m going to sit quietly and continue knitting my sweater, or maybe find one of my spindles and some fiber and get some Saturday morning spinning in after all.
Have a great weekend!