Like flies to manure

7 Oct

As soon as the instructor started placing materials on the tables, I knew she wasn’t joking about it being a hands on workshop. The class was entitled “Breed Specific Knitting” and before lay yarn from ten different breeds of sheep. As she unpacked, the air filled with the smell of farm and lanolin. I was itching to reach out and touch. So were the other people in my class. We were drawn to the fleece like flies to manure – and there was manure.

It was my first day at Knit City, who’s motto is “A modern fibre event”. The event might be modern but this class was old school and wonderful.

We learned about the importance of the length of each fibre and how crimped it is. We stretched fibres, pulled them apart, and snapped them by our ears to hear ow easily they broke. We got dried manure on our hands.

“Don’t worry,” said our instructor, “I brought wipes!”

By the end of the workshop, the white tablecloths were speckled with dried manure, but we all knew a lot more about which fibres work best for which knitted items.


5 Responses to “Like flies to manure”

  1. Ms Victor Reads October 8, 2019 at 5:50 am #

    What a fun lesson- definitely expanded my knowledge!

  2. Emily Culbertson October 8, 2019 at 8:20 am #

    We have kids involved in STEM challenges next door. I think I could snap a picture of them and apply it to what you describe here.
    Loving learning, how wonderful!!

  3. luckygurl October 8, 2019 at 4:08 pm #

    Love the opening of this piece! I feel like I can “smell” your pictures! Lol!

  4. Lisa Corbett October 8, 2019 at 6:33 pm #

    Sounds like a fun workshop! Years ago a friend of mine (with whom I have since lost touch!) wasn’t challenged enough with knitting so she learned how to spin and dye her own wool for projects. She bought herself a spinning wheel and everything!

    • Adrienne October 8, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

      There were lots of those people there too.

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