Greatest Day of My Whole Life!!!!

Trip Start Oct 12, 2005
Trip End May 04, 2006

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Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Howdy Folks!! Today all my dreams came true!!! But in order to talk about today, I must first begin with yesterday.

I decided to go to the Arts Center here in Christchurch (I'm staying with Sonya ... long lost friend from Guelph). Sonya suggested I go as the Arts Center as it is full of nice shops and on the weekends it's a big market. This place also has a number of wool shops.

So I wander around and find a nice wool shop. I start up a conversation with one of the women who worked there and mentioned that I was looking to learn to spin. Well, just so happens that the Weavers and Spinners Guild of Christchurch is in the Arts Center! So I got over there. It's only open on Mondays and Saturdays, but right next door is another wool shop. So I start talking to them. They agree that I should come back tommorrow (today) and see the people at the Guild about lessons, although they are sure that lessons don't start up until March. ONe of the ladies there says, "oh, go see Anne Fields across the way, she teaches spinning and travels around the world teaching it". So I do.

Anne Fields, nice lady. Has written a ton of books on spinning and weaving. She says she can give me lessons .... for $30/hour. I settled on buying one of her books on introductory spinning ... which she autographs for me.

So now we're at today. I head over to the Guild after getting super crazy lost in the city. The room is full of women in their 70's and 80's ... and one old guy. They're spinning and knitting .... I felt like I had just arrived on the mother ship (minus hot guys and booze). So I explain that I'm looking to spin and that I wont be in the city in March for their regular classes. So one of the ladies, Janice, says "oh come on, I'll just teach you now". So she does! She pulled out a wheel and some fleece and taught me to spin!! I spun two small bobbins, and then wound them together. Apparently I caught on pretty quick (they obviously didn't know that they were dealing with a craft GENIOUS!). Janice said her first time spinning she went home crying. I went home with a ball of yarn I made all by myself!! I AM THE SPINNING MASTER!!! Granted, the yarn is a bit lumpy and uneven, but it looks cool and if anyone disagress I'll fight them!!

The yarn is currently soaking in hot water. It hadn't been washed and was quite greasy (cause that's how it comes off the sheep). Once it is all clean and dry I'll post a pic so you can all bask in the glory that is SHANNON'S WOOL!!!!!!

Tomorrow I am off to see Anne Fields again, who has offered to let me use one of her spinning wheels in her studio and some fleece to continue practising until SAturday (next time the guild is open). I am sooooo happy about all this ... I doubt many of you even comprehend how all this has affected me!!!!

I also got in touch with another wwoofing gig who are spinners and knitters. Wasn't able to promise that I could come, but will find out on the weekend.

Seriously, the only thing that could make this day better would be if Alexi Nemof showed up at the door to proclaime his love for me. It's only 4:30pm, so it could happen before the day is out. I'll let you all know.
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miss_clay on

Re: ooing and ahing
Oh Nookie. I think if and when you and Rich ever get married, instead of hiring a band you should just hire Nookie to come with his kareoke equipment and just let us sing .... or maybe just Toby? I'll knit a special pouch for her teeth.

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