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Each year I try to be up north for Summer Solstice, at the International Viking Festival in Iceland to be precise. This year was no different: 
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Each year our little Viking craft group chooses a discipline to focus on and explore. The focus this year was spinning on hand carved soap stone whirl spindles, the grandmother of the "modern" wooden drop spindles with hooks, hand made this year by our Norwegian soap stone carver Joel.  
Hand carved stone spindles are much smaller and it takes a little while to get the right balance on them. And I finally learned how to use a Viking wool distaff.  
Always refreshing to get "back to the basics" of yarn for a bit, we take it so much for granted. 
We will be using natural wool dyed in the Icelandic midnight sun in the studio this Autumn, as well as something called "troll yarn", a very soft but very raw type of hand processed wool from a small farm on the south coast. 
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