FO Friday: Happy Easter & Handspinning

It’s Good Friday and I am up to my ankles in alligators. As some of you know Easter is a big deal around here.  I attend most of the services, and am in the choir for the sung ones. Ya there are also Easter eggs and family dinners. So the week has been somewhat hectic.  There has been a movement at Church for the ladies to come to come to church sporting Easter Bonnets. Well here is my effort. Cost about $11.00 with the straw had. Made it in about and hour. Now I have to find something to wear it with. I bet I’ll be the only one wearing one this Sunday! (note the butterflies and I just love pansies and lily of the valley!)

Wednesday the Spinning Group did our annual “Farm Connection” Handspinning Demo. noisy and crowded, but fun! It’s a chance for the townies to see what farmers do. There were Cows, chickens, pigs, sheep, (and the odour that comes with them) and lots of produce. The arena was packed with farm equipment, displays and assorted demonstrations (eg. cheese making, cooking, shearing sheep).

Gwen, Beth and I spinning and visiting with the public

There were loads of good questions and spinning. The kids were impressed to find out that the Vikings that sailed to the New World used sails made from Spindle spun yarn, that usually gets the questions flowing!

Gwen has a real talent teaching the kids to spindle spin!

The men all seem to want to know how the spinning wheel works, the women all seem to think it’s too much work. The older folks reminisce about spinning where they came from and the younger folks are amazed when you point out how much of what their wearing is from spun thread, eg, the tape on zippers, shoe laces, jeans etc.

Here I am, it's a pleasure that so many people are interested in what we do for fun! PS. there is a giant tractor behind me!

Lots of fun and educational too, in a society were clothes can be purchased cheaply at the store, people are often unaware that spinning is part of everyday life in 2/3’s of the world! I am a textile maker and appreciater from way back, in this day and age it is sad to see so many so disconnected from the joy of making useful things. I notice lots of people don’t know the difference between sewn, knitted, and woven textiles.

On a lighter note, As you know I’m a sucker for willow like kittens, my BiL’s Bunny was this brand. So you know I had to share and I thought this was cute :0)

FO’s 2012 = 17 + 1 = 18

Patterns from my own Library = 4

WIP’s 2012 = 10

Stash used =  23

Stash Purchased 2012 =  23 + 3 = 26 (naughty this wk)

Books = 14

links this week, on my blogwalk :0)

Tami’s blog, Keep Calm and craft on, Knit happy  

Creative Friday Fibre Arts Friday I’ve made Friday

Fibre on Friday Marigolds Loft The magic onions

Show your stuff Whimsey Wednesday

and Yarn along for more really neat stuff!

If you would like to be included in my Blogwalk please post your blog name and where abouts link under the Blogwalk tag/category so others can find you too :0)

Well wishing you and yours a Happy Easter however you may celebrate it

and if you don’t, enjoy the long weekend anyway :0)

Well TTFN, see ya Wednesday all being well.

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13 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kathryn | Alpacamundo
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 10:06:01

    Your Easter Bonnet is lovely!

    Reply

  2. Just Winging It
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 10:12:50

    Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/04/safe-cooking-habits-and-tips-show-your.html

    Reply

  3. HillyT
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 10:41:01

    What a great Easter Bonnet, a real flash of spring!

    Reply

  4. TwirlyCurlyBird
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 13:31:10

    That sounds like such a good time, I would have loved to hang around learning all the good farm fresh information! Fun!!!

    Reply

  5. Andrea Morrison (@wonderwhygal)
    Apr 06, 2012 @ 14:50:21

    I love your Easter bonnet! Well, you know that I will gladly be wearing mine too.
    That cartoon is hilarious!

    I always love demonstrating spinning in public especially with friends.

    Reply

  6. Leslie
    Apr 07, 2012 @ 13:49:14

    the Farmer (my husband) is into juicing — I need to say no more. I am stealing your cartoon because it needs to be shared. My daughter spins and knits, she gave me yarn –good daughter– so I’m knitting with her yarn, along with some other’s yarn.

    Reply

  7. Marie
    Apr 08, 2012 @ 14:58:41

    Lovely, cheers Marie

    Reply

  8. Pretty Mades
    Apr 09, 2012 @ 04:25:25

    The Easter Bonnet is wonderful.

    Reply

  9. Just Winging It
    Apr 13, 2012 @ 18:51:17

    Thank you for participating in Show Your Stuff Blog Hop, You are invited to come back:
    http://juliejewels1.blogspot.com/2012/04/white-chocolate-tropical-dessert-show.html

    Reply

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