I’ve tried blogging once or twice, but it’s never been my forte.  I start strong, but then I begin to second guess myself and lose steam.  I’ll try to avoid that this time around by keeping it simple and sticking to the news.  

This week in fiber arts:

I demonstrated hand-spinning at the Heikinpäivä tori at The Finnish American Heritage Center (FAHC) last weekend.  I don’t identify primarily as a spinner, so this was a first for me.  It was lovely to spend the day talking with people about how wool becomes yarn. Biggest surprise? Many folks were more entranced by the niddy-noddy than by the spinning wheel.  I also had the pleasure of meeting a 78-year old gentleman who told me that he and his brothers grew up spinning wool from their family flock. His father would knit socks for the family from the hand spun using a hand-cranked knitting machine.  If you were lucky you got socks with hand-knit heels.  If you were a kid, you got quicker machine-knit tube socks.

If you’re local and want to learn about knitting, I’ll be teaching Learn How to Knit Hats in the Round at the FAHC starting February 14th, 2017.  It’s a 10 week class that meets every Tuesday 5:30-6:30pm.  I’m opening it up to total beginners through high-beginning knitters who want to make hats.  We’ll learn and review fundamental techniques including casting on, knitting and purling in the round, decreasing, and finishing. For more info, contact me.  To register, contact the Heritage Center.


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