what a beautiful weekend we had here—the weather was great, even with the thunderstorms, and there were lots of fun things to do. and no pressing duties for a few days, which made it all the more enjoyable.
our local fiber show at wooster, OH, was held this weekend and i went out saturday afternoon to see all the vendors. i didn’t take any pictures—shame on me. we had a thunderstorm shortly after i got there, so maybe it was all the water that kept me from taking my camera out.
once again the show was big and wonderful, with lots of regional producers there, including my buddy, chris (AKA briar rose), from michigan. her booth was hopping all day saturday. go briar rose!
i bought a very few things, so as not to burden my already-too-full yarn closet.
one bump of fiber and one kind of yarn—not too bad for me!
the fiber is very similar to the one i spun up and knit hypoteneuse from. it is soft jacob, some flax, and some silk noil. i know i will be sorry that i only bought the one bump, but i’ll get over it. it makes a beautiful tweed yarn, and i’m looking forward to spinning up something nice for david with it.
the yarn is from knitting notions. it is incredibly soft merino laceweight that is a little heavier—almost a fingering weight. this one is the ironstone color (you know i can’t resist a beautiful gray . . .). catherine is a wonderful dyer from tennessee; her husband makes gorgeous wood yarn swifts that also function as skein reels.
i got a new flyer hook and an oil bottle for the merlin wheel, since it didn’t come with any tools.
oh yeah, and a couple more of those spindle beads i fell in love with last year. i’ve enjoyed having one on my desk so much that i chose a couple of companions for it. i find these poieces incredibly soothing to look at and hold . . . worth their cost just for that alone. they are ceramic and finished with some sort of raku-type firing.
one disappointment was that my chair from walter turpening was not done—i had SO hoped to pick it up this weekend. we had a nice visit anyway, and he said it should be ready in late june. now that i have more than one spinning wheel, i’ll be needing it.
i did have one moment of semi-insanity as i walked out of the show. the judges had just awarded the prizes in the fleece competition and as i walked past the burgeoning tables, the “best of show” fleece and the “blue ribbbon” dark, fine-wool fleece were sitting right there, unsold. the price? $20 and $15 respectively. the producer was someone i bought from last year, too. i even had a credit with wooly knob mill for processing, and they were right there, managing the competition. sigh.
“matt, i think i want to buy these fleeces . . .”
“well, lemme check with mike and make sure he still wants to sell them; since they won such high prizes, he might want to keep them”
but the next day, they were indeed mine, and the producer was SO happy that i had come back to buy from them again. fortunately they are quite small; one is only 2.5 pounds, and the other is about 3.5 pounds. i SO don’t need these, but they are gorgeous (oh man; why don’t i have pictures??).
toward the end of the afternoon i went into town and found a good cup of coffe to sip while i waited to meet chris and her family for dinner. i sat in the window of the hungarian cafe/bakery, knit on my sock, and watched the rain fall
i always enjoy sitting alone in an unkown place and absorbing the atmosphere this way.
we ended the day with a great dinner at a local french bistro, specializing in fresh foods grown or raised locally . . . yummm! we talked and talked, and laughed and had a great time . . . it’s always SO good to spend time with friends that you don’t get to see often.
that chris can never send me home without a gift, and after dinner, handed me a bag with these goodies
on sunday i had a class with pat maley on tips and tricks for spinners. pat is a wonderful teacher from the cinncinati area who is a master spinner who has been at it since the 70s.
since i am largely self-taught as a spinner, i wanted to take a good class where i could learn more about all the techniques i use. i learned that most of the time i use long draw, and that i do know how to do worsted spinning, but i don’t use it very much. i learned to spin from the fold picked up lots of great advice.
the 6 hours just flew by and now i feel a lot more confident about my teaching. i had been feeling a little uncomfortable about taking students for handspinning and not really knowing if i was teaching good technique. turns out i was fine, but just didn’t understand some of the fine points between this or that.
after class i found debbieKnitter and her family, my friend karen, and we went fiber hunting for them. do we not look SO cute??
what the heck are we doing here? i’m sure some of you might recognize this pose from a certain spam email that has been going around. and if not, you can assume that this is how long we like our, um, fiber. or, at least that’s what we told kids.
we headed back to canton at the end of the day, with the mandatory stop at the dalton dariette for ice cream. karen’s son, jamie, is a real trip and i enjoy spending time with him.
(i can’t believe i don’t have pictures of any of this!)
i worked on the bee shawl last night while catching up with my mom and my aunt on the phone, and listened to more rain come down.
i’ve gotten through the first pattern section and have started working on the bee swarm. i even have a chart that seems correct.
today i had class to teach in the morning and rode my bike back and forth, since we’ve had beautiful weather all day. i wanted to get more done this afternoon, but succumbed to a big nap instead. sometimes, you gotta do it.