Yesterday I went with a friend to a St.Distaff's Day spin-in. There were probably about 150-200 spinners there and just about as many varieties of fiber. It was complete sensory overload! So much so, that although I took my camera, I didn't take a single picture. I was probably saved by the fact that most of the vendors were small and didn't take credit cards, so I had to stick to the cash I had on hand – probably a good idea in any situation. But I did come home with some goodies:
Alpaca/silk and every bit as yummy as it looks. This will definitely wait until my spinning skills improve a little. I also bought a pretty little zebra wood wraps-per-inch measure:
I did get some very positive encouragement from fellow spinners who told me my first efforts were looking quite good. Since coming home I plied my second skein. This plying effort just about kicked my butt, with tangling and backspinning, but I learned a lot and by the last 1/4 of the skein was doing much, much better. It is drying now and I'll post pictures later.
I also came home to some packages in the mail. Ben & Abby gave me a gift certificate to Paradise Fibers. I was a little overwhelmed at all the choices on the website, but finally just dived in and made my choices. They have terrific customer service. I ordered on Thursday and the package arrived on Saturday, and that included a holiday in between!
The two fibers on the left are variegated Merino top, the pink is Louet Corriedale. Thank you Ben & Abby! I think I am all set for fiber for a good long time now and will probably save up my fiber money for the big spin-in that is here on Whidbey Island in April. Well, except for some Romney that I may buy from my friend here who raises sheep. How can you resist fiber from a sheep named Rainbow?
Lest you think knitting has totally taken a backseat, I have been knitting and blocking lace. First off, the Creideamh Shawl is finished:
This is a big shawl – so big I can't get it all in the picture. Stats: Creideamh Shawl by Renee Leverington. Yarn, Miss Babs Yearning in Sandstone, Knitpicks Harmony needles – size 4.
Also finished and blocked – Sue's Swallowtail Shawl:
Stats: Swallowtail Shawl by Evelyn Clarke, yarn – mystery lace yarn from my stash, needles Knitpicks Harmony, size 3.
And, a new pair of socks started with some beautiful teal Araucania Ranco:
And a Happy Anniversary to my parents who celebrated their 62nd (is that right Mom & Dad??) anniversary yesterday. What a blessing it was to grow up with parents who showed me what a marriage should be. I never saw them treat each other with anything but love, kindness and respect. I'm sure they must have had their struggles like the rest of us, but after 62 years, theirs is still a love story. Love you guys!! Edited to add: My Dad informs me it's 63 years! I made the error of doing my math using 2009. Yes, it is 2010 now – wow!