Sunday, May 30, 2010

Painted Bags and My Spinning

Camp G-G ended with finished bags, full of yarn. Imagine that? Gramma filling the bags with yarn, some knitting needles and crochet hooks. I thought it a good idea, that I was starting the girls with their yarn stash early in life. :) The bags were painted by the girls and then the next day I added rhinestones to the bags. I used the Darice Gemstone Setter that I purchased at Joann's Fabrics. The girls were excited to have glitter added to their new bags.

I have to tell you, it was a precious sight for me, to go checking on the girls, to see what they were doing, and finding them sitting, knitting and crocheting. I loved seeing the creative juices flow in the projects this week.

Camp G-G is over. Daddy and Mommy came home from their cruise. Did I mention they were celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary with a cruise? CONGRATULATIONS! To Chad and Rebekah.

Saturday arrived and I was off to the Sassy Spinster in Lancaster, TX, with my Texas Twisters spinning group. Sassy Spinster is a wonderful yarn, fiber, weaving and spinning shop. The owner let us invade her store to spin. I say invade, because we were a group of about 11 people yesterday.

I carpooled down there with 2 other friends, Terri and Laurie. I met Laurie and then drove to another parking lot to meet up with Terri. Terri offered to drive to Lancaster, which is south of Dallas off of I-20.

Well, The UPS Store guy was wondering how 3 women, 3 spinning wheels, our fiber, our knitting, our snacks, our drinks(it is 90+ now in TX, so we take drinks everywhere), and our chairs would fit into a Toyota Prius! Yep, a Toyota Prius. Truthfully, Terri, Laurie and I wondered the same thing, so we had my Blazer as a back up.

I am happy to say that we did it! Yep, we got all of our stuff into the Prius and headed down to Lancaster.

I am still amazed at how much this Prius held. And if anyone from Toyota sees this, yes, we are available for an ad. LOL!!
Oh and I forgot to mention that we went shopping, of course. What woman doesn't shop, when in a store???? Then we browsed in other stores, too, and made some more purchases. If that wasn't enough, we also were bringing home 5 dozen eggs, total, not a piece. We managed to hook up with Mary of FancyFibers and purchased some of her wonderful farm fresh eggs.
Mary has a CSA(Community Supported Agriculture) farm. She is selling shares to her farm and you can find her info here. Her share purchase includes spinning fiber, if you are a spinner OR yarn if you are a knitter. Check out her info. You will receive other benefits too, and you will know where your yarn/fiber comes from. It will come from an independently owned farm in the USA. :)
Now back to the Sassy Spinster. We made it there and what a great day we had spinning. I took my Ashford Joy wheel, I packed small, knowing we were trying to take the Prius. It fit like a gem behind the front seat.
I have some great wool/mohair blend that I am spinning on it and managed to get this bobbin filled. I am aiming for a worsted weight yarn. We'll see what I end up with.

I do have a skein of the yarn plied and ready to go. Thought you might like to see it, too.

Weighing in at only 11 lbs. The Ashford Joy wheel is great to take places. It now comes, standard, with Ashford's new sliding hook flyer. If you would like an Ashford Joy, you can find them on my website.


  1. So glad you came over for a visit....Your granddaughters are precious and I think its wonderful that you are teaching them the needle arts....The bags they made are so cute.....My grandaughter is 3 and she helps me spin and I think knitting is around the corner.....
    Your yarn is georgeous...
    Hugs and Blessings

  2. I don't know why my picture is showing up twice when I join a site...I am sorry...but I don't know how to get it you?

  3. Actually, I don't know why your picture showed up twice either. Doesn't bother me, though. :)

  4. J -- you've really inspired me with all the great projects you did with the girls. My first grandgirl of the summer arrives on June 7th! Your yarn is beautiful. Soft, wonderful colors, beautifully spun (of course). It was great seeing you on Saturday! ~M

  5. A CSA with yarn and fiber? Sounds like heaven!