This time last Saturday I was on my way to Van Alstyne, TX with my friend Pat. It was my first time to attend a spin-in and the first time to Apple Leef Farm. What a lovely day! I had no idea there was such a well stocked spinning shop anywhere in the vicinity. Leef hosts a spin-in the second Saturday of every month. There were 4 spinners and Leef already spinning when we got there and the number grew as the time went on. (That’s my friend Pat over in the left center of the picture in the salmon shirt. Thanks again, Pat. I loved this.)
We had a spinning good time for a couple of hours or so…everyone had something to talk about… and talk we did..lol It was so much fun watching everyone with their different wheels and the different ways they had of spinning. One young lady was a new spinner and walked around asking questions. Everyone was friendly and encouraging, helping in any way they could.
Around 1pm or so everyone adjourned outside to the picnic tables…to the never ending joy of the canine buddies. Leef has one such buddy that looks exactly like the dog my grandfather had that could ride a bicycle and pull the wood sled….and is even named “Sandy”.
I still think food eaten outside tastes better than any other food. Leef is the lovely lady in the green t-shirt with the lovely shoulder length white hair.
I was truly excited to see that she has many colors and kinds of dye stuffs. While I love my kool aid, sometimes I would like to have a more intense color or an in between color that I find it hard to mix with the colors of kool aid. I bought 3 colors of the Jacquard dyes to see if I can come up with a graduated blend for a scarf or shawl that I plan to do later this year.
See that ball winder there on the edge of the table in the pic to the left … I have it earmarked in my brain for my next purchase..lol But this time I found some absolutely gorgeous, silky, I want to lay and squirm around in it 60% Merino 20% Cashmere 20% Angora roving that I could not leave alone. I bought 8 oz. of it. (Having a fit here trying to get everything spun up that is on my wheels so I can get to it..lol )
She also has a tahkli that I really, really want. It would be wonderful to be able to sit back in a chair and spin with a supported spindle. There was something about spinning that tahkli… it was mesmerizing.
Amazingly, I actually got a lot of spinning done while having such a good time. This is definitely a good time that I will repeat every 2nd Saturday that I can.. ;o)
P.S. Leef has really nice free patterns and tips/info on her site. Have a look… ;o)