|Looking at a shetland fleece from Debrah Oxby, owned by Lois Perry.|
The ASH group in Halifax had gotten wind of the visit of a rather special twisted and warped person in his own rights, Norman Kennedy from Scotland.
Norman had been singing and doing music for three days straight when we met him on a grey Monday morning at the library in Dartmouth.
Elly had come up to the Valley the night before and we set out good and early for who wants to be late to something as important as meeting ...... well, I have to admit that I had no clue what we were getting into.
Norman's hands were knowing hands. They kept moving, precisely the way they ought to move when there is a goal to be achieved - and in this case the objective was to show how easily a walking wheel could be used.
The next question was, did I oil the wheel recently - ah, well, I just did - ah, a little bit and then...... the wheel got an oiling and greasing up experience which I don't know if it has ever had before, certainly not since, although, writing this I think I will remember how to squirt oil all over next time I sit down and start spinning on it.
But I digress, it was lace weight, I have never in my life spun anything so fine, neither on spindle nor on the wheel, and to be honest I don't know if I ever will, although..... one should never say never, once I swore I would never weave really fine and at the moment I am at 45 epi, which is.... really fairly fine.
In any event, the day flew, Norman talked, answered questions and continuously used his hands for 6 hours, I hope he had a good nap when he got back to where he was staying over night.
It was not a spinning class as in.... I learned, A, B, C, D and E and I will use it for ...... and then comes a list of projects waiting just around the corner. It was a history lesson, a lesson in patience, in love for what you do, in staying focused and honouring fibre work at its best, when it comes from our hearts and we allow it to unfold and happen just as it wishes to.
Elly and I drove home in the pouring rain, but we were high as kites and ever so thankful for the organizers to have taken the time and made the effort to make this workshop happen.
Thank you once again, it can never be said too often, it was lovely, truly lovely.