The 'School' in Yarn School? Well, the retreat takes place in a retired school building in Harveyville, run by Nikol Lohr. We slept in the classrooms and spun in the gymnasium. The "Dye Lab" took place in the old science lab that was left mostly untouched and worked perfect! Nikol cooked us amazing meals all weekend so all our time could be focused on fiber and spinning.
On the grounds of the school lives a motley herd of sheep (Shetland, Merino, Romney), a happy flock of chickens, two kitties and a dog named Georgie.
We arrived to the biggest circle of spinning wheels of all time, and found our spot amongst the wheels. We would hang out here much of the weekend and spin yarn to our hearts content.
Adrian of Hello Yarn shared some of her hand-dyeing tips and demonstrated several ways of dyeing wool roving.
We each had 4, 8 oz balls of roving to dye up and we experimented with dyeing them in crockpots and in the microwave...
|Roving smells good and is exciting|
|Dye scientists Jaime and Amber cook up some roving|
|Jaime searches out her rovings...|
We both got to try out spinning on Ashford's "Country Spinner." This wheel is huge and features the largest bobbin I've ever seen - it is made to spin art yarns and it worked great for this purpose.
|Jaime plys art yarn on the Country Spinner|
Here is Jaime's sunshiny bulky art yarn made on the Country Spinner.
Jaime and I brought the leftover Indigo dye vats from last weekend's Makerie retreat and we used them to dye more yarn and roving. It was awesome to share these with our new Yarn School friends and many people left with beautiful Indigo fiber.
|Amber is ombre dyeing her roving.|
|Megan's beautiful Indigo dyed yarn|
|Indigo superheros with Indigo roving necklaces|