Almost all of us had a go at spinning at the ward ceilidh at Western Isles Hospital, Stornoway, today. Some of us were better than others! ‘Some’ perhaps being a Minister in Carloway, who was amazing and ‘others’ being myself, and nobody could have knitted anything with what I produced, which wasn’t much as I even managed to reverse the wheel a few times!
Chris Hammacott patiently taught us how to spin with extremely good humour. I actually found it hilarious how rubbish I was at spinning, but I can’t be good at everything, now, can I?
We tucked in to a seasonal blackberry cake, teas and coffees and chatted about where we live and who we know.
I brought along some seasonal squashes from the Veggie Box stall in town, too. We passed them around along with Chris’s gorgeous yarn and fleece from her Hebridean sheep. There was much sniffing of yarn and fleece, everyone seemed to enjoy that. The smell of the blanket woven from yarn ends from tweeds, too.
Chris looked right at home, spinning next to Alex Boyd’s image of the abandoned croft house at Balallan. The gentle sound of the spinning wheel hummed along with the chatter, which is always a friendly and welcoming feature of the Tuesday Ceilidh.
5 people from the wards, two staff members, Ellie from Alzheimer Scotland and a volunteer joined myself and Chris Hammacott for the session, along with three visitors, making 13 people today.