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Since moving back to Delaware last fall, I've missed my spinning group. Luckily, I happened to hear about one local to me on Ravelry, and so I decided to check it out.

Back of the mill

What Are You Working On

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Yesterday was my second visit to the Greenbank Mill, a historic mill in New Castle County. They raise sheep for fiber, process that fiber, and dye it with natural dyes grown on the property. It is beautiful there.

Walking path

We arrived one by one, toting our wheels and fiber, to gather in the main room. With its series of windows, there was plenty of natural light for us to spin by.

The first woman there is very experienced with spinning, natural dyeing methods, and is a board member of the fiber guild. She spins beautiful, fine yarn! This day, she has brought some commercially prepared and dyed Polwarth wool. I felt it, and it is soooft.


Spinners tend to collect "drifts" around their feet....

Spinners' debris

The monthly spin-in is open to the public, as is the mill. Here one of the experienced spinners is giving a girl her first lesson on a spinning wheel. The girl's question? "Can I have one?"

First Spinning Lesson

This lovely lady has just learned how to spin, using a borrowed wheel. In this photo, she is making two-ply yarn out of her fresh handspun. This will be an art yarn.


Another attendee, who is also a relatively new spinner, is spinning chiengora - dog hair. Her fiber of choice comes from her very own Shelties. It's super soft, and oh, so warm!

Spinning Chiengora

Finally, here's what I was spinning yesterday. It's a beautiful, soft merino. I will spin another full bobbin of it, and then make a two-ply yarn. After that ... who knows?

Merino on the wheel

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