Ok, I’m back! I request a pass for missing out on posting pretty much anything last month, it was insanity. If you’d like full details please see sqpegroundhole because I’m not going to whine about it here too. Here is a place for happy things like the new friend I’ve made!
As a library worker you get to know hypothetical people through their holds and when people get a lot you get a decent idea of what the person is like. I’d noticed a particular library patron getting a lot of yarn related materials and one day I lucked out in that our self check-out machine wasn’t working and she came up with a stack of books on spinning yarn. I had to ask her about it and then we got into a lively discussion about spinning and she mentioned that she had a drop spindle, but was focusing on her wheel at the moment. Then she suggested we meet up to spin together sometime!
So Tuesday night we met up to hang out at Felicitous, a delightful coffee shop near both of us that I highly recommend (it’s a bit pricey, but super cute, quirky and hilariously hipster). She not only brought along her drop spindles, but her wheel as well!
It was beautiful and adorable, an Ashford Kiwi that qualifies as “inexpensive” which means it’s less than $400 dollars. Ugh. -_- Definitely not getting a spinning wheel anytime soon, I can tell you that. What I will say is that those who spin tend to really love the Ashford wheels so if you’re going to get into spinning seriously an Ashford seems like a great investment. In my, at the time, nonexistent experience it was pretty easy to work with.
I brought along some generic brown wool of indeterminate origin, but a nice staple length to practice on and she showed me what to do. Over the course of a couple hours I spun my first single ply “yarn” on a wheel! I’ve made “yarn” on my drop spindle and I have to admit this didn’t look too different, but it was lots of fun! Then she let me use some old yarn she’d made as practice that was still hanging around on a bobbin to try plying on my drop spindle!
I’m ridiculously proud of the result because even though I know it’s not very good yarn, I still made it! It’s not much and I have no idea what I’m going to do with it, but I’m going to figure out something and I’ll post the result here.
I also picked up some beautiful baby alpaca last Friday from Criativity, a yarn store in Largo. It’s luscious and springy and now I finally know what chain plying is because I’ve been seeing a bunch of yarn lately that looks like it’s a length of single crochet very tiny and that is chain plying, a yarn spinning technique. I’m going to work up two headbands (I hope I have enough, it was $10 a skein and the skeins are only 95 yards, ngh) for my sister and me. She’ll be getting a teal headband with red accents, I’ll be getting a red headband with teal accents!
The store was huge and lovely and sometime I’m going to go around to a bunch of yarn stores with structured rating criteria and I’m going to do a series of reviews of the stores in the larger Tampa Bay area, and yes this will include Sarasota and the St. Pete area because goodness knows there aren’t really any yarn stores in the Tampa area proper.
So despite some serious suck last month and continuing on, things aren’t all bad. Also Felicitous makes a killer Chai Latte that I’ll definitely be having again.