Monday, July 11, 2011

Rest Day for the Tour de Fleece

This is the first rest day on the grueling Tour de France and for those of us crazies who are participating in the Tour de Fleece 2011 on the Ravelry forum of the same name. I've chosen to enter in the categories of Rookie, Peleton, Team Canada, Team Bosworth, Team Spindle Wheel and Team Newfoundland and Labrador.

I've been on a very steep learning curve-perhaps an 11% grade to put it in cycling terms. I've gone from the stop and drop stage with the drop spindle to spinning a passable, pliable fibre. With my Bisson flyer wheel, I'm actually spinning for up to two whole minutes without having to stop and re-thread the orifice or hand-start the wheel! Here is a picture of that wheel with yesterday's bobbin.

Today is the weekly knit night at my closest yarn shop, Unwind Yarn & Gifts. I'm actually looking forward to a break from all the spinning and having a chance to knit. Mastering spinning is giving me a renewed perspective on what it is like to be a beginner again, and hopefully the experience will make me a better knitting teacher.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Back in the Game

It has been an interesting year at Sheep Dip Cottage. The flock has been on the move! And it has been quite a journey. We have re-located from southern Canada to the southern United States.

Life has focused on packing, selling, buying, emigrating, moving, unpacking, and renovating. Luckily, there has also been time for knitting, designing, and even a little spinning.

Sheep Dip Cottage Designs is proud to be a sponsor of the second year of Project Yarnway on Ravelry. You can connect with all the inspiring designs at Sheep Dip Cottage Designs will be giving some 'Vintage Buttons for Knitters' to the winners in both the amateur and professional categories.

Tomorrow is World Wide Knit in Public Day here in Savannah, Georgia, USA. A group of dedicated knitters are gathering in historic Forsyth Park to knit, visit, and share our love in knitting. I hope that knitters all over the world will take the time in the following week to flaunt our passion for yarn and needles.