I have recently made a Facebook page for Misty Cottage Crafts which you can find here (don't forget to 'Like' it if you do). When uploading photos for my new page I realised that there were one or two yarns whose stories had not yet featured here on the blog.
One is a lovely pink merino with 20% white silk which is obviously the Rippled Raspberry
and the other is Ophelia,
again 80% merino with 20% silk but this time in very beautiful shades of green which remind me of the painting of Ophelia you can find here.
Both of these yarns were spun from large blanket-like carded batts (almost 500g of the pink and 350g of the green)
which I treated myself to back in May when I was lucky enough to go to a Wingham Woolwork fibre tasting day. If you have not yet made it to one of these special days then you are in for a treat. The one I went to was in a village hall here in Cornwall where Wingham Woolwork had brought along vast quantities of all kinds of fibre in myriad colours together with every conceivable spinning related book, magazine and gizmo.
It took me quite a while to fully realise that it really was OK to help myself to any of the fibres and sit down with my trusty Traveller and spin some up. What a treat - a whole day of trying out all sorts of different fibres, blends and colours!
One of the highlights of the day was the chance to watch Ruth Gogh of Wingham Woolwork spin and talk about spinning and plying techniques. I learnt more in those 20 minutes than I had in the previous two years of spinning.
So, tip of the week from Misty Cottage Crafts – if you are in the UK, contact Wingham Woolwork and find out when they might be visiting near you and move heaven and earth to get there!