(i think i found a good thing for david’s next BD gift; i just hope i don’t forget)
i spent a good part of the last couple of days out at the great lakes fiber show which is our largest local annual sheep and wool event.
i HAVE been knitting, but i’ll show you that tomorrow . . . today i have luscious fiber to look at.
yesterday i managed to get out of there with just one bump of fiber from maple row stock farm—i buy one every year of their au naturale blend (tunis/shetland/silk noil/flax—at left in the photo below). it’s different every year and the first time i bought it, i spun it into a fine, lightweight yarn that eventually became david’s beloved hypoteneuse.
but then today i went back with my spinning class, and closer inspection of all the fiber led to a bit of a fall-down (though i did NOT succumb to a whole fleece, even though there was a coopworth one that was sooo pretty and a second place winner).
i found some orange crosspatch creations that i couldn’t stop looking at (above, right), a small bump from three bags full, and some heavenly merino/alpaca that was prepared in an italian mill and feels like it dropped from heaven (bottom, center).
i just got small amounts of each so as not to overwhelm myself with obligation to it. good thing we plan to continue the sunday spinning class for at least two more weeks (maybe more); i’ll at least have that weekly session to spin some of it.
it is one of my great heartbreaks that my spinning time has been so limited this year. i definitely need to make some changes in my practically-maniacal work life. and believe me, they are coming. i don’t want to miss out on the fun stuff.
this is bob, from that maple row stock farm whose fiber i love so much. he’s one of the nicest people you will ever meet, as is his wife deb. they appear at lots of fiber shows, including rhinebeck and i HIGHLY recommend their goods.
bob is carding wool here . . . actually, he is carding some nice border leicester that deb is spinning from rolags, into yarn for her mother to knit a sweater from. how cool is that??
a sweater with sweat equity from the entire family . . . what a treasure.
(i’m sorry i did not get photos of deb and her mom; they were right there, too, but i started talking to “mom” and forgot my blogger duties.)
karen shopped for a wheel all weekend because she has not really bonded with the ashford joy she owns. here she is with the lendrum, which was a top contender. but the majacraft suzie pro won out in the end and she came home with a new wheel. way to spend that economic stimulus check karen.
i haven’t thought about how we should spend ours—i’m still waiting to see the actual check. i’m trying to think of a way NOT to spend it on the
money pit drain house, but having a hard time coming up with something.
we spent some really good time today over the table of show fleeces, examining the different breeds and colors (and trying not to give in to buying one). matt and jamie from the wooly knob fiber mill offered much humor and information as we grazed the offerings. susan and karen both went home having purchased fleeces and sent them of for preparation.
by the time they get them back in a few months, they will have had time to spin up a variety of fibers and practice a lot more—they’ll be ready to start a spinning project toward a sweater’s worth of yarn.
i spent some time talking to catherine from knitting notions; it’s SO good to see friends that i mostly communicate with in email, especially ones whose yarn we love. i brought along the new mitts which she heartily approves, especially on her hands, and while there i bought some yarn for debby to knit some scarves
she said to pick for her and i hope she likes these (they are even richer in person).
catherine’s daughter meredith was along for the weekend; apparently she is a big help on these trips, and even has her own little enterprise going
she makes these beautiful turned shawl pins from all manner of exotic woods. meredith is about to graduate from high school, and i think she has a bright future, with such an industrious streak to rely on.
at the end of the day beckie and i went off to share a relaxing dinner with our dear friend chris (AKA briar rose) and her family, including baby dillon. chris gifted me with a bag of yarns to knit up into new designs . . .
. . . some angelface aplaca laceweight and some grace bamboo/merino that she dug up.
i always enjoy these evenings and afternoons with chris—we have become such good friends and collaborators over the two years we’ve known each other. it’s so good to catch up on family gossip, business news, and yak, yak, yak, about fiber and yarn (no pun intended there). chris is learning to spin, and has two new grand-babies this year. we got so involved with talking that of course, i forgot to take pictures . . . next time!
i have been honored to be included in several family outings with her husband roger and her children, nate, christy, and amy. i feel so close to her in so many ways . . . all because of knitting, fiber, and the internet. she is a wonderful gift and i treasure our friendship.
i really do have lots of sock progress to show, so i’ll be back soon with that.