International Skype Spin-In


Caithness spinners in the north of Scotland connecting via Skype. Photo: Rachel Raynor.

A few months ago, the Castletown Spinning Group in Caithness, Scotland, held an unusual spin-in. Member Ann Johnson, who is also a member of the Highland Guild of Weavers, Spinners, and Dyers, teamed up with a friend in the Falkland Islands to hold a spinning event via Skype. Both groups started with local fleeces and spent the afternoon (morning for the Falkland spinners) spinning and knitting squares to be swapped and later made into cushions. Much fun was had by all. Caithness spinner and dyer Rachel Raynor posted more details about the day on her blog. She said about the link-up: "What I learned was that spinners, wherever we are, love sheep and real wool, are passionate about our craft, and love to blether!" Words of wisdom, Rachel!

In fact, it was so much fun that a new Skype event is in the works-and they need some help. On Saturday October 26, 2013, the Castletown spinners will be leading a Skype connection with spinners around the world. The time differences have made connecting with enough groups challenging. And yes, a spinner at a research station in Antarctica is onboard with the project! Ann recently posted on the Spinning Daily forums that the group is anxiously searching for a few more participants. They now have spinners in Africa, Antarctica, Europe, North America, and South America. They are still searching for spinners in Asia and Australia or New Zealand. Are you in Asia or Australia/New Zealand and might like to join the link-up? Do you know someone who might be interested? Details are posted on Rachel's blog.




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