Spinning 101 at Make One!

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My first ever bit of spinning!

You might remember I purchased the spindle and yarn as part of a "Learn to Spin Kit" from The Bellwether in May. But even careful study of Amelia's well written book that came in the kit, and this excellent video by Megan LaCore that I found in an internet search still left me with more questions than answers - and more thumbs than I had before I began!

I made a couple attempts on my own and then sought out the help of a lovely woman I had briefly met a few weeks ago.

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Meet Melissa. She owns a lovely little yarn and fiber shop in the Portland, Oregon area - downtown Milwaukie to be exact.

I love the shop's name - "Make One"! (Knitters will know that "make one" is the name given to a technique for adding a new stitch to a row of knitting.)

And I love the shop! I popped in to pick up a skein of yarn I needed to complete a knitting project a few weeks ago and made up my mind to return soon. Melissa has created a warm, welcoming, inviting space for fiber enthusiasts and fiber addicts.

Melissa is an accommodating and knowledgeable hostess and a willing and gifted teacher.

She had me confidently spinning in less than 10 minutes! And once she was satisfied that I was spinning solo, she brought out her own spinning wheel and joined me in spinning while answering my many questions about top and roving and how much do I need to make a skein, do I really need to spin clockwise or counter clockwise.....

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I left with a copy of the brand new issue of Knit and Spin (which is full of answers to my questions and has at least three projects I am absolutely going to knit), and this delicious ounce of turquoise roving to be spun into yarn.

Locals! If you haven't discovered Make One - don't delay! Go visit. You are going to love the shop. Melissa always has coffee and tea waiting and provides brightly lit areas to sit and knit or crochet or spin! She even has a little cozy nook where visitors can curl up in a cozy, comfy chair with their current project and spend the afternoon!

Tuesday afternoons are "open Spinning" and anyone is welcome to come and spin. There is no fee, but there is Melissa's great company!

Wednesday nights are knit nights and Thursday evenings Melissa offers a "come get help with whatever you are working on - knit or crochet" class. Keep up with the new classes as they are offered right here.

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Now just a little tour of the shop. I was really impressed with how beautifully it is laid out - in fact even my sweetie, who isn't much into yarn shops as a rule, commented on how great a space he thinks it is!

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It was so hard not to give in to my desire to bring home even more knitting projects!

We have another trip planned in about a month. In fact, we have agreed to make a trip to Milwaukie once a month because in addition to "Make One", we have found a real honest to goodness 50"s style old fashioned soda fountain serving all our childhood favorites - and delicious soup and sandwiches! And my sweetie has found a collectables shop nearby to hang out in while I am doing my thing at "Make One"!

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And look at what my sweetie bought for me in that collectable shop while I was learning to spin with Melissa! Do you believe it! Is he the best guy on the planet or what?

They have been around awhile and seen better days, but they are going to be well loved at my house and given center stage on St. Nicholas Eve!

I never got very good

I never got very good spinning on a drop spindle. A wheel always seemed easier to me. I haven't spun in years, but I bet it is like riding a bike...

Love the wooden clogs! My

Love the wooden clogs! My Grandparents had a pair when I was growing up. I used to enjoy wearing them around the house and listening to the noise they made.

YOU have captured the essence

YOU have captured the essence of Make One in your writing & pictures. I don't get to go in there as much as I would like, but my daughter & I usually knit there on New Year's Day AND Super Bowl Sunday.

Melissa is the VERY best hostess and is always ready & willing to help with any project.

Make One is also a fun place to visit while the Sunday Framers' Market is going on from 10-2 or First Friday Evenings, from 4-8 when the whole town is open.

Thanks for your post!

Hey Pam! Make One sounds

Hey Pam! Make One sounds great, and so does that diner! (Another blog post? I want pictures of the soda fountain please! Yum)! Got your e-mail about my mum's comments...haven't had time to look into it, but I will. Love to you! xoxo

Your first spinning attempt

Your first spinning attempt looks pretty good! You need a new hobby, right? That yarn store is amazing! Such gorgeous yarns, and so much space to view them, instead of having to pull them out of a bin or packed shelf. What a great place!

I love those Dutch shoes!

I love those Dutch shoes! Your photographs of the store are beautiful- I just want to run my fingers through all that yarn!

Thank you for the spinning

Thank you for the spinning tips, although I can't visit the shop. I LOVE the shoes!!!

WOW you really are a

WOW you really are a Renaissance Woman, I want to be one once the kids are more independent... love this little place how fun... did you see my post about taking kids to see sheep shearing that was so fun and now we can be a team, we will shear you will spin ;)

P.S. Glad you are feeling better

WOW you really are a

WOW you really are a Renaissance Woman, I want to be one once the kids are more independent... love this little place how fun... did you see my post about taking kids to see sheep shearing that was so fun and now we can be a team, we will shear you will spin ;)

P.S. Glad you are feeling better

What a lovely store. I am so

What a lovely store. I am so excited that you are learning to spin!!! At first it can be frustrating but once you get the hang of it- it's downright meditative. And never fails to seem like magic that with just some twisting all that fiber becomes honest to goodness yarn- that still wows me every time.

Congratulations on your first bit of handspun!

Oh Pam, What a lovely place

Oh Pam, What a lovely place to visit and never, never want to leave. It's so beautiful and you have really captured the essence of the shop with you photos, that I've read your blog 3 times. and I might go back just to look at those lovely photos again. I wonder if there is something like that here in Australia? My one memory of learning to spin was when at school and I was so busy concentrating on the whole pedal, holding wool thingy, that I didn't realise I had woven my hair into the thread until my teacher noticed my head was getting closer and closer to the wheel. So anyone with long hair my suggestion is tie it up out of the way or be prepared for an unexpected hair cut!

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