The River Cities Fiber Guild anniversary retreat at Asbury Woods was this past weekend and I got to go and had lots of fun! There were, I believe, 28 of us and I sat and spun and knitted and talked and ate and spun and knitted and ate and talked from 4:15 Friday afternoon until 1 am and then got up again and did it more from around 8 am until I had to go home around 2:30 pm Saturday.
We had spectacular goody bags full of catalogs and fiber samples and yarn samples and buttons and knitting patterns. We had even more prizes in the form of door prizes (I got some mohair, silk cap, silk yarn, wool yarn, more buttons, a KnowKnit project bag…). Sat between Judy (from Good News Llamas) and Nadine (see her blog Crafts, Life & Times of Nadine) who was spinning on Mitzi’s (also Good News Llamas) borrowed wheel. Nadine is ridiculously good at spinning for someone who just learned to drop spindle after Christmas. I didn’t win any of the raffle prizes, but Judy won a personalized Golding spindle with sheep painted on it.
I also managed to show off the sheep & llama batik shirts (a couple of the other ladies were wearing theirs that I’d made for them, too) and sold one, bartered another for some merino/silk fiber, got another couple ladies who think they must have them… 🙂
In my goody bag was a sample of Chameleon Colorworks Optim fiber which says it is mechanically stretched merino that is silk-like and machine washable. It was intriguing. I spun up my little sample and traded with 3 other people to get theirs…so now I have close to 4 oz to play with to see if I must afford to buy more.
I spent much of my time at the retreat carding and spinning more of the Mary wool. Yesterday I finished spinning up all of it that was washed. So, today I am washing another batch. Now I ought to go to bed, because I still have a bunch more items to finish up for Oklahoma for a contract. And the taxes to do. And Evan & Christopher home for spring break and Evan with a fever so we are limited in what I want to drag them around to. Maybe Spiderwick at the cheap movie tomorrow…