Rhinebeck Spinning Retreat, Spinning and Knitting with Louet in May

Will you buy a prize winning fleece?
Beth wrote this awesome book!

My friend and amazing spinning teacher, Beth Smith, is having a spinning retreat at Rhinebeck.

The retreat is October 18-22. The price includes two days of classes,class materials, lodging, meals, a weekend pass to the Sheep and Wool festival and a goodie bag.

Beth explains the whole weekend in this post.

This is a great opportunity to take classes with Beth. She won’t be teaching much in 2019 because she’s spending the year learning and working on something new.





Will you buy a prize winning fleece?

The classes she’s teaching are ones I’d love to take (but I’m teaching elsewhere).

There is a full day breed study, taking four breeds from fluff to a knitted or woven sample. I need to take this class to figure our different ways to sample, that may be a little more detailed than my quick and dirty method.

On Saturday, the morning is spent discussing the ins and outs of buying a fleece, then the afternoon is all about shopping for a fleece with Beth. I have witnessed this woman shopping for fleeces – she has a magical ability to find the most delectable fleeces.

Louet S10 Concept Wheel





This month Louet is celebrating spinning and knitting! If you pop over to their blog, you can read a post I wrote about knitting with handspun yarn.

I have wheel lust. I think a Louet is going to be my next wheel. I have always liked the look of an S10, and they treadle so smoothly.

Do you have a Louet wheel? Tell me what you love about it!


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

One thought on “Rhinebeck Spinning Retreat, Spinning and Knitting with Louet in May

  1. Michelle McMillen

    My very first wheel was a used S17; it was the only one that I got along with as a new spinner that I could afford, even though its modern lines didn’t sing to me. Then I bought an old S10 off eBay and sold the S17; I love the S10’s stability, and Louet’s ease of maintenance and huge bobbins are wonderful. I don’t use it anymore (because HansenCrafts miniSpinner and Jenkins Turkish Spindles!), but plan to keep it forever.

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