So what was the reason for running up to Sidney today? Why to see a spinning teacher! Yes, a woman who teaches others how to spin fleece into yarn on wheels and/or spindles. She came recommended to me by two local spinners/customers that I know. Since I am still very much an amateur at spinning on my wheel, I thought it would be helpful to have her guide me to better techniques.
It went very well! Her house is right next to the ocean. It is inviting, with it’s warm wood, softly colourful fabrics and bundles of fibre, poised on shelves, just waiting to be spun. She showed me how to work on my drafting in a “short draw”, which I will have to practice for a while till my fingers and “peddle foot” have developed the muscle memory needed. I must say, I came away inspired to spin more, and feeling slightly envious of her beautiful work & living space.
After the spinning, I hopped over to Fish On Fifth, which is a long-time hip little restaurant just off the main street. I used to haunt that place when I was pregnant with my oldest son, because their cheeseburgers are amazing! I highly recommend this place for it’s very tasty food. They even have deep-fried chocolate bars!
Then, with a full belly, I wandered down to Tanners Books. It has a huge magazine section, and is great for kids and adults. I picked up The Knitter, a UK-based magazine, Spin Off, a spinning magazine, and one called Wild Fibers.
Since bringing home my new desk, which I blogged about in this post, I have been pondering on a new lamp for the desk. I was day-dreaming of a green-hooded “Banker’s Lamp”, thinking it would likely work with the look of the new desk. I hadn’t had any luck finding one locally, as of yet. But today, with just 20 minutes or so before I had to head back into Victoria, I thought to stop at a local hardware/housewares store called “Capital Iron”. Lo and behold, they had just what I was looking for!
See? Doesn’t she suit the desk?
Yes, definitely a great day – it was even mild and sunny too.
Off to watch Glee now, but don’t tell anyone! I’m a little embarrassed to admit I like it. Sigh.