I won this adorable little hand-made resin spindle and these lovely fibers from Dragon Craft Spindles (who will make custom spindles!).
I used the kitty spindle to spin one of the prize batts, and then I used one of my own spindles and spun another batt (this one purchased).
And then I cheated and plyed the singles on the wheel. I'm don't spin as consistently with a spindle as with a wheel, so the yarn is pretty, but it isn't as uniform as it should be. This little skein (about 1.5 ozs) is drying now. It'll probably be enough yarn for a pair of fingerless mittens.
Unfortunately, my Fair Isle Design Class was cancelled (I think maybe Sunday is the wrong day to schedule an all-day class). Fortunately, that freed me to take a class. I signed up for a rug hooking class with Tracy Kellen, of On the Prairie Rugs (and I was going to post a link, but her etsy store seems to be empty at the moment- take my word for it, her kits are great). Anyway, I won one of her small kits last year as a prize, and bobbled it totally.
But Tracy is a great teacher (it's not her fault that my hooking is nowhere near as precise or uniform as her work-see the sample in the other pic), and I learned a lot about what I did wrong with the snowman- enough that I actually finished him when I got home tonight. Afterwards, I finished filling in the flower on today's class project. I think I'll be doing more hooking... in my spare time, of course.
I met up with Marianne Billings, who confirmed my invitation to teach workshops at the Shepherd's Harvest Sheep and Wool Festival, held in Lake Elmo, MN, every May! Woohoo!