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It was a crazy weekend, crazy, I say! (yes, we'll all get tired of me saying that, you before me)
Saturday, PumpkinMama Erin and I headed up to NETA Spa Knit and Spin Weekend for the day. What an amazing event!
First of all, Erin is sooo nice, it was really great to meet her and her lovely family. We're both newer spinners that also knit and are getting started with dyeing so we had lots to talk about. She was wearing her bunnycrack scarf and it's just beautiful and so very soft.
It was f-f-f-freezing out, and on the way we ran into some flurries:
that lasted all of 5 miles. Thank goodness.
We arrived safely and parked our wheels in the Gallery room. I have never seen so many wheels before! Here's a terrible picture where all the wheels are just out of range:
But use your imagination: behind those chairs to the left, in the far corners, behind that white table in the middle and that whole gaggle to the right, all wheels. Wheels everywhere!! How cool is that???
Walking around, there were spinners and knitters and other fiber afficionados gathered in rooms, in the halls, in the lobby:
Barbara from BASD (who taught the boucle workshop) was tucked in a corner of the lobby with her sock knitting machine:
I have a few knitting machines but had never seen a sock knitting machine before. Cool!
In the vendor area I finally got to see and touch some Grafton Fibers batts (beautiful) and picked one to bring home. I also picked up a pound each of undyed Romney/Corriedale, and Romney for a good price from Nick's Meadow Farm (Barrington, NH). I haven't spun with Romney yet and it was softer than I expected.
We met up with Cheryl, whom Erin knew from a disastrous spinning class, and spent the rest of the day hanging out:
Erin, Cheryl and me having a wheely good time, hahaha
Why yes, that's my Catharina Rose shawl, second time wearing it out!
The Spa format was casual and the focus was on having fun, learning new things, sharing information, enjoying whatever it is you enjoy doing, be it spinning, knitting, weaving, felting... I wandered around the Gallery room and watched other spinners, chatted with them, learned a few things, realized that everyone figures out what works for them, and you learn as you go.
I also learned from watching Erin and Cheryl spinning and talking to them. My first real BASD meeting was my first time bringing my wheel out, but it was all about the boucle, and not so much about watching or talking to other spinners (it being day 3 with my wheel, I couldn't really spin and talk). Ergo, this was my first time in the presence of spinners with wheels where I could stare all I wanted and ask whatever questions I could think up. Very cool.
It wasn't all talking and gaping. I did finish the cashmere:
2 oz. Ahhhh. At long last! Spinning during the day and with good lighting made it go more smoothly than usual. Next, plying, probably Andean. After that, dyeing (and I did some experimenting with reds yesterday so I think I'm almost ready to dye!). That puts me in good shape to actually finish in time for closing ceremonies! I hope. ;)
When I wasn't spinning and chatting I worked on Arrrgh:
First thing I came home I tried it on Scott. (Fool me 2 times shame on me...) He said, "Much better" and smiled. Aaahhhh. I've tried it on him numerous times since then; it's almost done!
I'm running out of steam, and I'm sure you are too, so I'll try to wrap it up.
An amazing fashion show with shawls and sweaters from handspuns and handdyes was altogether inspirational and it was wonderful to celebrate our finished works. And post fashion show, the Yarn Harlot spoke wittily about the inevitable uncoolness of being a knitter -- in the eyes of the uninitiated, of course. ;)
Next year I'll be spending the weekend. Oooohhhh yes.
fiber dust bunnies in the aftermath