Yesterday was a very crafty day. I went to a spindle spinning class at Penelope Craft in Amsterdam, taught by the very talented Christopher. He’s a wizard with a spindle, with any kind of fiber, and can stand there making lace weight perfect singles while talking to us at the same time. He’s also a professional singer and musician. Such a talented guy!
Some of the students had done this before, but most of us had not. It’s much harder than Chris makes it look. My feeble attempts came out like bulky weight thick/thin singles. The only fiber that I was really happy with was the pure silk. It was just easier for me to draft for some reason. I find that drafting (pulling the fiber out it just the right amount at the right speed) is so difficult to get right. I know, practice makes perfect. Chris kept reminding us about how long it took us to get really good at knitting and not to be disappointed in our first 3 hours of spinning. We all seemed to be perfectionists who want results NOW. Silly us.
At the same time as this class was going on, Ginni was having a craft market at her studio, DIY Textile School. I didn’t want to miss it so I ran out of Penelope Craft just at 3pm and headed to the other side of Amsterdam as fast as I could. I got there in time to buy a necklace of crocheted steel and beads, and a pair of earrings made with vintage beads. And I had a tiny piece of the most amazing chocolate pecan pie.
If you are in Amsterdam at the weekend before Christmas, I think the Sunday Market at the Westergasfabriek will be pretty amazing. I won’t be able to make it because I’ll be busy painting our downstairs toilet (more on that later). But go there if you can. Happy crafting everyone!