Sorry. Sometimes it’s hard to come up with titles!
While Cindy and I were dyeing our yarns, we took Olive and Mazie to the Farm and Ranch Museum. The spinning club (Southwest Regional Spinners) was helping to inaugurate the new goat and sheep barn by having a spin-out. Cindy has a really cute new spinning wheel and is hoping to figure out how to use it. So we thought we’d go and check out the group, and maybe figure out where / how to get lessons.
I’ve got a wheel, and I used to spin a lot. Before I moved to a place where it’s 100 degrees on a regular basis for about 75% of the year (fiber sticks to sweat!), had a baby who would put anything and everything within reach into her mouth, and then when she stopped doing that, had another one! Maya also just gave me another wheel & drum carder (!!) so I’ve been feeling like the Universe wants me to become a spinner.
(I thought this lady’s sweater was so cool! I really love the squash blossoms / waves / flames around the bottom! It really spices up the conservative gray main color.)
Anyway, Mazie LOVES the Farm & Ranch museum. They have tons of animals and even a playground. They also have a blacksmith on duty (he made our fireplace tools!)
On the day we went, they had lots of sheepy crafts for the kids. Here, they had cut out black sheep and the kids wound loopy mohair around to make fluffy sheep (kind of a goat-sheep cross, I guess, due to the mohair!):
Here’s Mazie on the swings. There could be a circus going by with live elephants, ladies on horses, and a marching band. If there are swings, she’s swinging.
This picture shows the spinners in the background, but the main thing is this cart / covered wagon.
Mazie wanted to move into this thing. She got in, took her boots off, and lay down on the bed.
Since this post kind of focuses on Mazie (Olive was asleep in her Ergo) here’s a pic of Olive from earlier in the day. She’s so cute when she’s pouting!
We never really got a definitive answer on the spinning lessons. It sounds like there are one or two people locally who teach at a couple of venues. One is called “My Place” and they offer lots of fibery classes. My mom took a weaving class there, and our friend Mary is learning to spin there. The word on the street is that it costs $5 an hour (Could that be right?) and you just bring your stuff, hunker down, and get help on whatever.
We’re kind of thinking that we need to just get together with our wheels first and see what we each know how to do. Then maybe try this drop-in class. We’ll let you know how it goes!