My husband and I spent the last two weeks in France. I brought a knitting project and a spinning project along to keep me entertained, but it was the spinning that got the most attention. I brought a sturdy little Akerworks spindle in the smallest size they offer. It was easy to tuck into my purse or backpack for a day of sight seeing. Easy to take apart and put together again.
We took a moment on one of our days in Paris to get together with Cathy, a new friend and fellow knitting blogger from Paris. She guided us to a local yarn store, where I spent a happy few minutes browsing. They display their yarn very differently than I am used to. All of the yarn is displayed as samples hanging from the walls. Once you have identified what you want, the shop assistant will wind off the amount you want (by weight) from large cones kept in the back of the shop.
Tapestries and needlework at Versailles:
Musee D’Orsay – paintings of women spinning or doing needlework, as well as a work of art in fiber.
A very, very old spindle and whorls at the Musee de Prehistoire in Carnac.
Astounding samples of tapestry from various chateaux in the Loire Valley.
An amazing, fiberrific trip.