I’m so far behind on what I want to share with you that I have no idea how we’ll ever catch up.
There is a very rude, fussy post on the fur-girls’ blog. I’m wondering now – in the hour plus since I wrote that post – if maybe Sis is just stressed out because I wasn’t home enough this weekend? I know stress can cause rashes on humans, and while this isn’t exactly a rash… I’ll be interested to hear what y’all – and wondervet – think.
So. The weekend! Friday night, I went to a League-related cocktail party. It was great to catch up with some old friends, and I met a few new (to me) people too. Saturday, a League board retreat, complete with a DISC assessment. What I got out of it is that I can over-think my way into such a hearty misrepresentation of myself that even a facilitator will note that clearly, my results weren’t accurate for my personality.
Sunday was the spin-in. Please see Amy’s report for more photos and her take on the day. It was the first time I’ve spun with more than one or two other people, and it was almost overwhelming. There were friends I don’t get to see often, new friends to make, and such a variety of expertise and spinning wisdom to take in…
One such expert sat just to my right. That’s a supported spindle, and she’s spinning a batt she made yesterday. (Hold that thought – we’ll talk more about batt-making later.) She also spun some of the finest, softest cotton I’ve ever seen with the same spindle. She gave me some great ideas about how to catalog my fiber stash, but I’m also shopping for a Takhli spindle. She suggested starting with a metal one, usually found in brass…
Oh – don’t miss her basket in the bottom of the photo. That was her grandmother’s knitting basket. My own heart swelled up so that I thought it would burst! I love the history – personal and general – in fiber arts.
Barbara of Stony Mountain Fibers planned this lovely event. That’s the great woman in the center, and a local gal (I finally figured out that I knew her from work!) making her own batt. Barbara generously brought lots of fibers for us to blend via the Strauch Mad Batt’r.
There’s the batt I made. I ran it through twice, because smooth and blended was what I was feeling yesterday. It’s almost exclusively mohair. There’s some teal wool in there, a bunch of different blue and green mohair locks, and I THOUGHT I was blending some soysilk roving in there, but that brilliant lady with the supported spindle used the same stuff to make her batt, and she reported that too was mohair. I can only aspire to that kind of fiber, tactile awareness.
There was also a swap table, and I came home with two goodies. The gal who fell in love with what I’d taken hadn’t planned on participating in the swap table, so she forced some hand carded and processed alpaca on me. The plum-colored stuff is also mohair. Seems I like mohair.
I had the best time! I do believe this is going to become a regular event, and there’s even a rumor of a local spinning guild forming. I hope more of you can join us next time. We have room for at least 100 spinners, I’d say. I also vow to bring my spindles next time and get some help making friends with those little buggars!
Somehow, that reminds me that Jessi had so much fun moving into her new home that she’s moved to a new blog too, and she’s having a contest for some Wollmeise. You don’t even have to tell her I sent you.
How was your weekend?