I think the weekend is finally catching up with me. I can't even put thoughts with these photos. I know you understand :)
Jacey in the middle. She's showing us how to make thick-and-thin yarn which we will later turn into something even cooler. See that gal in the blue sweater on the right? It was like... her first day with a spinning wheel. See those bobbins next to her full of freshly spun thick-and-thin done correctly? Now imagine me all red, sweaty, and fighting back tears. I'm new at this also, but not as new as she is and not turning out anything nearly as impressive.
*Disclaimer: These examples of what not to do are in no way reflective of Jacey's teaching ability, as proven by That Girl Who Got It Right On Her First Try And Didn't Even Cry. More like, reflective of my ability to listen and follow directions.
Here's what we were supposed to make with our thick-and-thin yarn:
Aaaand here's mine:
Then, we used the same technique to make Super Coils:
Well I should say everyone else made Super Coils. I made Worm Poop:
I want to keep practicing though, because I do think it made a really cool bracelet.
We also covered Stacks and Traps...
But I didn't even bother taking a photo of mine because hoooboy let me assure you, they looked nothing like that! Here are some other gorgeous yarns made by Jacey:
Now let me show you my first attempt on a spinning wheel:
*screams of horror*
And here is why I keep trying:
I made that! There are a couple yards here and there that don't look too bad if I do say so myself. If you cross your eyes and sit really far back, anyway. Doncha just love those colors? That was my door prize, from The Painted Tiger. I also won this from her:
It's like it was made just for me!
Here are some beautiful class materials:
From Just Ducky
This cupcake fluff of awesomeness was from the goodie bags we got when we checked in:
So neat. From Fuzzy Wuzzy
And THEN as if that wasn't enough, there was Morgaine's shop, where I got these:
By Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks.. swoon
This is the infamous Abby Batt:
And I invested in two drop spindles, only gravy knows why because I cannot use them to save my life. Literally, like if my life was in danger and dependent upon my spinning anything that remotely resembles yarn on these things, well, I'd be very very... not alive.
What can I say? I got caught up in the moment. The smell of the wool and the dye lowers financial inhibitions.
Abby's book though, so as soon as I can find a minute I'm going to buckle down and really learn this thing.
And the bead store was conveniently one block away, so I stocked up on some shop supplies:
So in summary, I had an awesome time and so much creative inspiration that ideas are coming out my ears and I can't wait to learn how to do this for realsies!