Holidays, baby crocheted bolero and spinning yarn like the romans

Filed under: chezPlum Patterns,Crochet,Family,french,spinning,vintage — August 22, 2011 @ 5:35 pm

P8214004 P8213974 (Small)
We just got back from 2 weeks away: went to the beach, jumped in the swimming-pool, ate tons of ice-cream to keep us cool…
I managed to finish in time a third design to submit for that “One skein” crochet book. This one is for a cute little baby bolero, which I will probably also self-publish sometime soon. Now let’s cross fingers that they accept at least some of the projects for the book. :-P
My uncle has just moved just nextdoor to our place there, and he is quite passionate about metal-detecting. I had a look at his amazing collection of antique spindle whorls: those are all metal ones (he said lead, mostly, and they certainly ARE heavy), and date back up to the roman times…
He was so kind as to give me one of them, and I played with it with a very uneven piece of wood: yet it did spin, and pretty well too !! I can’t wait to try it with a straight shaft.
The fun part is that he was so happy to see my little demo, and to hear any little info I could give him on why whorls were designed as they are, and how they were used. I say this is the best partnership and exchange of each other’s knowledge ! :-D
I made a quick video, and will try to post it shortly.

And now it’s back to work (although I did work on several translations and that new baby bolero design while there…). The girls are still on holidays for 2 weeks but I’ll try to focus on the million things I have to do… September is always my favorite month of the year, full of promises and new beginnnings, and this year surely won’t fall short of new beginnings, especially with my first weekly workshops. Both exciting and scary !

How was your summer ? Did you manage to crochet a bit as well ?

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