spin in. I managed to get out there all three days and I had an absolutely wonderful time. My only real criticism is the times posted on the website did not always match times posted in the program book.
On Friday I made contact with the Spindle and Dyepot folks, and met Peter from Spry Whimsy who introduced me to Spinolutions spinning wheels. Their wheels work on a pendulum type system, and the action as a little different from what I'm used to but I'm in love. They're an American made wheel, made from beech plywood, and there are four models. I'm in love with a Hopper, which is their smallest travel wheel.
The other person I met on Friday was Durp. He was just five days old.
That evening Teresa and I were both signed up for the fiber and yarn sampling event. They served us supper, which was a cold box lunch, and then we got to play with some of the Fairy Yarnmother's hand dyed fibers and yarns. Susan Forbes is the Fairy Yarnmother, and that lady has so much talent! The flowers she made for us to work with were lovely. We got to play with some silk, and with various wools and wool blends, including some wool blended with bamboo which was just amazing to spin. I'm going to end up with a lovely yarn from those.
4/24/13: ETA-I was right Lovely yarn from this!
Sunday morning CK and Kelly came with me to the spin in. Kelly was looking for a drop spindle of her own. She ended up purchasing one from Spry Whimsy whose spindles are locally made by a man who makes tops so he understands spin and balance. She also purchased a lovely wool roving in a green and olive color way. C Kay got some needles, and a blue and teal roving that reminded me of Lake Michigan.
|the one in the front is mine|
|Hannah. our 4H-r|
After we each finished our sock blank Susan came through and touched them up with a little bit of black dye and turned them from lovely to amazing works of art .
|Susan touching up a sock blank|
|I think this one may be my favorite. Kristy made it.|
|Packing up dye to take home|
|My blank as balls|
|my Blank as a skein|
All in all it was an amazing weekend. I have only two regrets:
- that I didn't have about $5000 to spend
- that I ever thought it was a good idea to take my ceramic mug onto a
concrete show floor. I dropped it Saturday night and it shattered.
That was the only down spot in the entire weekend. If your local or even semi local you absolutely need a plan to come next year!