Garden Diary - October 2021

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Tea at The Spinnery
Sunday, 17 October 2021

I saw an announcement: Have a cup of tea and knit,crochet,spin or just visit, Sunday October 17 1pm-3pm, at The Spinnery in Frenchtown, New jersey. Our tea this week is compliments of. Hawk-Floret a fascinating shop in Frenchtown. And thought to myself, how appealing is this!

The Spinnery is my local yarn shop, conveniently located in Frenchtown, New Jersey.
I made plans, adjusted my schedule, and baked some cookies (more about that later.)

The tea table is charming. Teapot under its knitted cozy, china teacups for those
who will stay, and disposables for those weekend tourists who stop in, then go.

Under the cozy is a nice sturdy white china teapot. In England it would be
brown. In fact, such teapots with Rockingham glaze are called a "brown betty."

The tea from Hawk + Floret, also here in Frenchtown, is an organic, floral , light tea.

Tony brought oatmeal chocolate chip cookies, using an recipe on a 19th century
Quaker oatmeal tin. Great minds think alike,as I brought oatmeal raisin cookies.

Tony was wearing these fabulous socks he had knit. He started one sock from
one end of the skein of yarn and the other sock from the other end. They match!

He was treadling to try out a spinning wheel. It is collapsible, which would make it convenient to bring on a camping trip. What a fine, even thread he is drafting. Tony enjoys the multiple stages of creating yarn. He showed me some dark blackish brown alpaca, lumpy and chunky. Then he gave me some of the same fiber, combed and carded, to hold. The roving is so light that I had to look, to be certain I was holding something. P.S. He bought the spinning wheel.

A woman who had taken a class on spinning with Betty, came in to The Spinnery. She had made a hank of thick-and-thin yarn from her daughter's alpaca. Now to wind it on a niddy-noddy. There are several, all made by a local wood worker and this is the one she chose. When all the yarn is wound on, count the number of loops on one arm of the niddy-noddy and multiply by two. That will let you know how many yards of yarn is in the skein, and this one is 34 yards.

Even though I brought yarn, a crochet hook, and a pattern I did not even start. I was having such a good time talking, and watching, drinking tea and eating a cookie (or two) that nothing came out of my bag. Maybe next time.

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