I do so like this time of year when friends get in touch or back in touch with shared memories. This was especially true the other day when Sally Hands got in touch with me by a bit of detective work as the Contact Page on my website is not working, hopefully soon to be resolved. It was really good to hear from her – I used to go through to Edinburgh regularly and teach spinning workshops at her studio. We lost touch but I am so glad to have her back in my life, especially when with my influence she began to weave and spin and now works with a drop spindle to produce wool for weaving
She reminded me of how we met. I was visiting my lovely accountant Dorothea Vaughan who by the way was married to Magnus Pyke, well known food scientist and broadcaster. As per usual Dorothea took me to lunch at the Laigh which at that time was a lovely whole food cafe in Edinburgh,. Two women were sitting opposite us having a great conversation about handspinning. They were wondering how to go about buying a fleece and learning how to spin. I leaned across the table and said “Excuse me, but I believe I can help you to find a fleece and I can arrange spinning lessons for you.”
The rest is history.
You can read more about Sally’s textile work on her website Slow and Kind:Weaving, Knitting, Hand Spinning