Somethings have had to give

It has been a while since my last blog post; as you may have guessed… my Spinning certificate has taken over my life, or rather just all of my free time.

Since I was here last, I’ve had to make some hard decisions. Like pausing my crochet in the Nimue crochet blanket-along. I was really enjoying it too 😓.

I’ve even had to slow down on knitting my mum’s socks, just to get my Magnolia Bloom Tunic finished in time for the Bendigo Sheep Show.

And finish it, I did, with about 3 days to spare…

I didn’t have time to block my Tunic, I also dared not to. During the first ‘wearing’ the length grew by a couple of inches, thanks Alpaca! I was cosy and warm wearing the dress outdoors at the show, I didn’t even need a coat. I was a tad too warm wearing it to the Women of Wool lunch though.

My knitting group the Richmond Knitters, contributed the major prize for Zigo Zago’s annual Bendigo raffle this year, and I squeezed in some time to make a couple of patches from Shelley Husband’s Granny Square Flair book. I’ve always wanted to know how to crochet 3D patterns, and now thanks to Shelley’s instructions I’ve done it.

But mostly my ‘free’ time has been spent, trying to claw back from being so far behind on my Spinning homework. It seems that when I feel as though I’m catching up, I have another class, which produces more homework samples. It never seems to end!

I’ve found merino the most difficult fibre to wash. I ended up washing it, lock-by-lock, I kid you not, after my first batch was a bit felted and rubbish. There’s been a lot less fibre prep, that I’ve had to do with the recent fibres, and it has been a welcome change. I never want to have to wash fleece or any other fibre for that matter again!

So far I’ve spun: 3 kinds of wool, mohair, alpaca, cashmere, angora, and several man-made fibres. I’m now up to my Silk (5) samples, and I’ve got Cotton (3) to go as well. Tomorrow at the guild, I’ll be learning to spin Flax, and the homework just keeps coming…

Don’t get me wrong, I am enjoying it all very much. I’m learning heaps in a lovely environment of knowledgeable (and fun) women.

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