Topic: Spinning Retreats
Spinning for socks...what could be more creative and satisfying? And tricky! We want our socks to wear a LONG time, and adding the right amount of twist and strength to our favorite wool/mohair/alpaca/llama/angora/dog fiber requires experimentation and the willingness to sample.
How strong should sock yarn be? How do we reinforce? Can we use natural reinforcing fibers or is nylon all there is (and it DOES work well...) How much twist is enough? Too much? How many plies work well? How many plies are too much?
All these questions and more will be answered this weekend at the Socks from Fleece To Foot Spinning Retreat, held at the Winterclove Inn on North Mountain in the Catskill Mountains of eastern NY State.
We will hand card, spin, ply, sample, sample, sample and then knit WEE SOCKS with our samples to find the PERFECT fiber/color/twist/ply combo:
Two spots left! Hope to see you there.
The next spinning retreat is in October over Columbus Day weekend at Long Beach in Rockport, Massachusetts. There we will handspin soft, soft yarns for mitten making, and we'll knit mittens on the last day!