Over the weekend, I went to Madrona Fiber Arts Festival. I’ve gone pretty much every year since I moved back to Seattle, but I’ve never taken a class before. That changed this year.

I don’t often take knitting classes, because I don’t often find one that I’m interested in. However, I am a self-taught spinner and I thought my spinning skills could definitely use some improvement. Luckily a friend helped me get my monster Kromski Symphony wheel to Tacoma – I love it, but it is huge and was the only Saxony wheel in the class.

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I decided to take Spinning to Standard with Stephenie Gaustad. In the past I’ve just sat down and spun some yarn. I’ve never tried to duplicate a yarn or spin a particular thing, so I thought this class would be really helpful. We started out with a piece of Cascade 220 Superwash, determined the grist, and attempted to spin something similar as a single, 2-ply, and 4-ply yarn.

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After the class, I met up with my friends Stephania of Three Fates Yarns and Sarah of Bumblebirch and had a great dinner and lovely sleepover in honor of Galentine’s Day.

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But there’s more of Madrona to come!