When we first moved to MO at the end of 2006, I was pretty much still just knitting socks but wanted to get more into knitting other things. Somehow I figured out that a lady named Janet had a little shop in her back yard. I can’t remember who even told me about it . . maybe the lady at the quilt shop. The shop was very close to my house and Janet was so helpful and so knowledgeable and she really got me on the right path with my knitting.
A couple of weeks ago when I was trying to think of someone who could help me with my spinning, I remembered Janet. Her shop closed before we ever moved from Missouri but she still lives in her same house. We’re friends on Facebook so I wrote her and asked her if she would have time to help me with my spinning and she very enthusiastically agreed so yesterday morning, I went by her house. I told her I really just wanted to watch her spin. She showed me several wheels . . I think she has five! She talked about spinning for a couple of hours while I watched her spin. I learned a lot watching her and listening to what she had to say. It really is kinda like riding a bicycle. Someone can tell you a million times but what you really need to do is just practice on your own.
I almost bought my Ladybug wheel with me. It’s a wheel for traveling . . but I didn’t bring it. After spending time with Janet, I’m really anxious to spin but it will have to wait til I get home.
Janet also loves the same shetland wools that I love and she’s been to the Edinburgh Yarn Festival and Shetland Wool Week . . events I’d love to attend some day.
Janet knows the lady who wrote this book, Maggie Casey, and Janet gave the book to me. She also gave me some roving that I can spin. Janet knows more than I will ever know about spinning, roving, fiber.
I so appreciate people who are so knowledgeable and will spend time with me and share their knowledge. I hope I can some day pass along the same courtesy to someone some day!