There was Spinning And There Was Knitting

A week ago we had an open studio day where many showed up to practice their craft. What fun! It had rained the night before, a long generous rain which we desperately needed, but it cleared by mid-day to allow for the studio deck be a place for spinning, knitting, and drawing. I think there were at least 8 spinning wheels whirring, several knitters clicking away, and a new friend ( Hello, Boots!) working on her postcard-a-day drawings. Of course, there were snacks to keep us all well fed and hydrated!
It is often so hard for me to take a moment away from the gardens and the nursery to sit and spin wool or knit during the summer season. The studio takes a back burner during these precious growing months. Having an event like this allows for those wonderful opportunities to visit with friends and makers, share ideas and projects, and to be inspired by all the fabulous and creative talent that surrounds us here in Maine. I did not know that the little town of Jackson has a healthy band of spinners who are willing to pack up their wheels, their fiber and needles, to make their way over to Montville for an afternoon of spinning and knitting. Such a fun bunch! Two blogging friends came from miles away…loved spending time with you both, Sarah and Brenda!
So, now I know that I need to schedule another day of ‘spinning and making’! I’m thinking August. A day when the summer begs to sit on the porch with friends and share in the spirit of making.

6 comments on “There was Spinning And There Was Knitting

  1. I saw on Sarah’s (salpal) blog that you did this and I am so envious of those who live close enough to be there! I follow Brenda, too–bloggers unite in making! (I have to say, though, that the photo of the woman sitting cross legged and knitting makes my knees ache just thinking about it!)

  2. Sounds like such a good day! Wish I could have joined you. But alas, I am not into either spinning or knitting.

  3. It was so much fun! I will try hard to be free the next time you have such a day. It was a lovely afternoon on the porch with lots of new and interesting people. Thank you so much for including me! (and Boots!)

  4. What a splendid idea to have a “making” afternoon amidst the beautiful sun-dappling woods. Your studio is lovely and the trees almost seemed to be singing after that quenching overnight rain. Or maybe that was the birds! Thanks again.

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