Change and adventure

Some may see change as adventure. Perhaps adventure always includes an element of change. What would you say?

Certainly, I feel I have just had a weekend which included adventure and change. The adventure came in the form of a trip to a spinners, weavers and dyers retail outlet. I’m not sure that ‘haberdashery’ is quite the word, as there didn’t appear to be any zips or needles as part of the stock.

What there was apart from various fibre tops was equipment for the aforementioned crafts. I’d already planned on buying a nostepinne

but I also discovered that a lazy kate was what I needed to help my plying along as well. The nostepinne is actually primarily for making a ball of yarn but can be used for plying, whereas the lazy kate allows you to hold the bobbins of single plies of yarn so you can spin them together, as Wikipedia explains more fully here.

I also invested in a card to work out the thickness of my yarn, so it looks like I’ve got more adventures to come with all of this equipment.

The day also held adventure of a different sort. We had been to Addingham in North Yorkshire before but it was interesting walking through the village with sufficient time to pay attention to detail. It was also raining and in case you didn’t know, I love walking in the rain. My guess is that the little chappy below was quite enjoying himself, too.

It wasn’t actually a particularly cold day but the pleasure of an open fire in the pub we stopped at didn’t go unnoticed. Another guest on the premises was a tad scathing about my photographing the fire

and clearly failed to understand the merits of blogging, when I explained what it was for.

Anyway, Sunday is more about change than adventure, as I have been to Old Sleningford Farm many, many times in the past. However, this may well be the last official workday I attend.

Before anyone panics that there is anything amiss, the simple truth is that Rachel and Martin, who run the farm, have managed it without extra help throughout the pandemic. This has therefore given them a new perspective and they have pressed the reset button.

Angelica in the forest garden at Old Sleningford Farm

This brings me to the second question in a single post: have you pressed a reset button because of the pandemic? I’d love to know.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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13 Responses to Change and adventure

  1. Going Batty in Wales says:

    I think learning a new skill is one of the best adventures you can have. I’m not sure about a reset button but the pandemic did show me I am better with more time to myself and fewer commitments. Now that we are free to meet up again it is lovely to see people and catch up but I know I need to be very careful to say ‘No’ more often.

  2. AdventuresInFelt says:

    You didn’t mention the name of the retail outlet! Unless the clue is in the wool gauge. Change is always around us, it is how we cope with it that matters as some people don’t cope very well with change at all. I think we have to accept things more and go with the flow. I always think things work out. It is also good to learn new things and I have learned two new things so far this year, spinning and weaving. Saying no is good too, but sometimes we need to say yes. I always go with my intuition. Looks like you had a nice time barring the one moment with the pratt making a comment about you taking a photo of a fire.

    • Helen says:

      Well spotted re the name of the shop!

      Brilliant that you’ve learned both spinning and weaving this year. That’s good going. What kind of loom and wheel/spindle do you have?

      Sounds like you have a good philosophy re change.

      • AdventuresInFelt says:

        I bought a pre-loved Ashford Traditional, which I love very much, last year, but only got a chance to learn to spin when lockdown eased in May. I also bought an Ashford 16″ SampleIt loom, which I also love. I think I have enough tools now to keep me going for some time. I have been blogging about my journey. Better late than never! 🙂

        • Helen says:

          You mean better late than never about the blogging or crafting?

          I think there must be a lot of pre-loved Ashford Traditionals out there (mine is one). Still, it is such a beautiful piece of equipment.

          I’m not familiar with the loom but plan to borrow a loom or two to get a feel for what works for me.

          • AdventuresInFelt says:

            I have been blogging since 2008, but only tried painting since 2010, then needle and wet felting a few years ago and now spinning and weaving. The SampleIt is a small rigid heddle but not too expensive. I have a carry bag for it. For something so small, there are lots of possibilities. I am sure once you get started, you won’t want to stop. 🙂

          • Helen says:

            I’m sure I won’t 😊

            When I click on your name it says that your blog is no longer available.

          • AdventuresInFelt says:

            Thanks for letting me know, I will need to fix that. Here is the blog:

  3. You may know, Helen, that my major reset button change was brought about by early bereavement, not exactly pandemic:

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