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Welcome to the home of the Nutmeg Spinners Guild! Nutmeg Spinners Guild is Connecticut’s statewide guild for handspinners.  The Guild has been an active part of Connecticut’s fiber arts scene for more than 20 years.  Our membership is large and diverse, coming from throughout Connecticut and nearby states.

We meet five times a year on the first Saturday of the month in October, February, April and June. In December we meet the second Saturday. Meetings run from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

Our next meeting will be on Saturday,  April 7, 2018.


Sock Intensive with Amy King

April 7 and 8, 2018

Saturday’s program features Day 1 of a Sock Intensive by Amy King. Day 2 of the Sock Intensive will be held on Sunday at The Grange Hall in Glastonbury.

Day 1

The sock yarn you make now is ok but you know it could be better. Maybe you haven’t even ventured into making sock yarn because you’re not sure it’s going to hold up. What materials do I use? How do I spin it so it’s sturdy but not rope-like? We’ll answer these questions and more. You’ll walk out of the class ready to make an excellent sock yarn and already have several samples ready to go!

For those participating in the workshop, please bring a wheel in good working order with 4 (5 or 6 is even better) or more bobbins. Bring a ball winder if you don’t have a lot of bobbins. It’s also helpful to have a Niddy Noddy and a Lazy Kate. You must be capable of making yarn and have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions. This is an intermediate class.

Materials Fee: $32.00 per student. You can pay via PayPal here ($33.23). Click the button below, then click on “Check Out With PayPal” under “Your Cart” on the left to check out.

Day 2

Are you ready to take your sock spinning and knitting skills one more step? In day 1 of the sock intensive we made a bunch of sock yarns…. all but one. In day 2 we’re going to make one more sock yarn and then we’re going to focus the rest of our time on knitting. There are skills and tips to knitting socks that will make your life easier. We’ll work on DPN’s and/or circulars. We’ll work out a few tips for heels and toes. Finally we’ll darn! No matter how perfect our sock skills are, eventually all socks get a hole.

Student – Please bring a wheel in good working order with one bobbin. You must be capable of making yarn and have a good working knowledge of the wheel and be comfortable with basic spinning instructions.

Bring your knitting needles to make socks. You may need a few sizes just to make sure you’re able to work with the yarn you make. To work with circulars for socks – please bring circulars that have a super flexible cord and it should be at least 36 inches long. My preference is 40 but 36 will do. Any longer and I feel they get in the way.

Bring a 4-ounce ball of sock yarn (balled up and ready to go). Or you can bring a whatever yarn you want to practice with so you can get the skills if you don’t care about making socks.

You’ll also need a darning or kitchener needle. If you have socks with holes in it, bring those for darning. If you don’t have holey socks, bring a regular pair and we’ll pretend to darn them. Don’t worry, it won’t ruin the socks and it can be easily pulled out.. Bring any darning mushrooms or balls that you may have.

Summary of What To Bring:

  • Spinning Wheel with one bobbin
  • Knitting needles in multiple sizes. If circular, 36″ or 40″.
  • 4-ounce ball of sock yarn balled up and ready to go, or practice yarn
  • Darning needle
  • Socks with holes in them, or socks to practice darning on
  • Darning mushroom or egg, if you have one

Location: Glastonbury Grange Hall, 895 Main Street, (Route 17) South Glastonbury, CT.

The fee for this second day is $75.00. You can pay via PayPal here ($77.48). Click the button below, then click on “Check Out With PayPal” under “Your Cart” on the left to check out.

Directions to the meeting can be found here.

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