Saturday morning spinning and three well traveled yarns

October 11, 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It’s good to be home this morning. The past few weekends I have had to head out to various fiber festivals, sometimes leaving my house very early when I should be enjoying my coffee and spinning. Not having anywhere to be today is going to be a refreshing change. My original plans for today were to spend time at the Old Stone Fort’s History Days Fair in Schoharie. The Golden Fleece Spinners and Weavers Guild is participating in spinning, dyeing, and weaving demonstrations, and I was really looking forward to being there to help out in any way I could, but vehicular issues are preventing me from going much of anywhere today except the bank to apply for a loan.   Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and three well traveled yarns”

Saturday morning spinning and reflections on the Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat

Good morning and happy Saturday! It’s good to be waking up in my own house this weekend. Don’t get me wrong, I had a fantastic time last weekend at the Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat in Seattle and I’m so thrilled to have been able to go this year. But no matter how much fun something may be, I always miss my home, my dear spouse, and our darling dogs. They missed me last weekend too. My pharaoh hound would pace at bedtime, coming into the bedroom and sniffing my side of the bed, wondering where I was. During a phone call home one of my Italian greyhounds could hear my voice coming from the phone and gave that typical perked ears and tilted head look that is part curiosity and part confused. Everyone in the house was glad to have me home too, and an exuberant welcome home is always a nice thing.

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Saturday morning spinning and greetings from Seattle!

Beautiful Dumas Bay

Good morning from the west coast! I’m in Seattle this weekend attending the Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat. This is my first time at this retreat and even though I wasn’t able to bring any of my spinning wheels, I did pack a selection of my spindles to teach a spinning workshop on my first night here. Others did bring wheels though and this retreat has its own loaner wheel, an Ashford Traditional. It’s going home with one of the guys here. I taught him to spin on it yesterday.

A new spinner!

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Saturday morning spinning and more fiber prep

August 23, 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday! Looks like it’s going to be a gorgeous late summer day today. It may be a bit on the humid side for me, but since there aren’t going to be many more days like this left this year, I’m going to enjoy it. I’ve been seeing more than a few trees with bits of color that aren’t green, so I know what’s coming, and I’m not going to complain about that one bit. Autumn in New York is my favorite time of year. I love the warm sun, crisp air, and cool nights. It’s also harvest season, and a great time to hit up your local farmers market. Apples are my favorite fruit, and our local orchards all have great selection to choose from in autumn.

It’s also fiber festival season. There seems to be more of them this time of year, possibly so we fiber fanatics can stock up on things to keep us busy during the long winter. I’ve already got several events and festivals on my calendar for September and October that I’ll be attending and participating in. A couple of years ago we put together a list of all the local-ish fiber festivals, and I’ll try to get something together to share later on this week. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and more fiber prep”

Saturday morning spinning and the last bobbin of Aslan

August 16, 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday but, what month is it? This past week has felt more like mid-September than mid-August. I saw a friend in Connecticut share a picture on Facebook yesterday of a fire in his fireplace. I went out at lunchtime and regretted not wearing a long sleeve shirt. More seasonable weather is returning for the weekend, but the past several nights have been cool, and the angle of the sun has changed so much that even using the solar blanket isn’t enough to keep the water in the pool at a tolerable temperature for use. There hasn’t been a single year we’ve been in this house that we’ve used the pool much at all in the last half of the month f August, and I have never kept it open beyond Labor Day weekend. I had hoped that since summer got off to such a slow start this year that it might hang around a little longer than it usually does. I hope that still happens.

I do know that this year I will not be closing the pool on Labor Day weekend. I’m going to have to decide to do that either next weekend or the weekend after Labor Day, and I’ll likely wait until the weekend after. This year on Labor Day weekend I am attending my first Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat in Seattle, Washington. I am excited beyond words about this opportunity. The Men’s Fall Knitting Retreat is in its fifth or sixth year, I can’t remember which. Prior to now I’ve only been able to attend the Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat, which has been running now for seven years, and I’ve been attending every year for the last five years. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and the last bobbin of Aslan”

Saturday morning spinning and the results of my challenges

August 2nd, 2014

Good morning, and happy Saturday! It looks like it may be a bit wet out there today, which means it’s a perfect day to stay inside and get caught up on some of the projects I set aside during the Tour de Fleece. I fell short of spinning all of the fiber that I pulled out of my stash for the tour, but having completed just over 1.5 pounds, I’d say I still did pretty well. I spun every day that the cyclists in the Tour de France rode, and only took advantage of one of the rest days. The end results of my plying last weekend are over 1000 yards of various two and three ply yarns that I am incredibly pleased with.

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Saturday morning spinning and wrapping up the Tour de Fleece

Good morning everyone, and happy Saturday! I hope you’re all enjoying this last weekend of July. If you’re looking for something fun for the whole family, the Schoharie Sunshine Fair kicks off today and runs until next Saturday. The Golden Fleece Guild is hosting the Wool & Fiber Gallery (formerly the Wool Nook) again this year. There are lots of beautiful items entered into the fair this year, and guild members will be there each day giving spinning, knitting, and weaving demonstrations.

On Wednesday the 30th in the afternoon, the Golden Fleece Guild is hosting its second annual Iron Spinner Competition at the Schoharie Sunshine Fair. Think Iron Chef but with fiber. Each spinner in the competition is given the same amount of base fiber to work with, usually something white, and a table of other fiber ingredients (colored roving, dyed locks, commercial yarns, and other add-ins) to choose from. In the allotted time, each spinner has to produce a unique skein of yarn using all of their base fiber and at least two other ingredients. It’s a great challenge, and I had so much fun participating last year. I’m really looking forward to this year’s competition. Continue reading “Saturday morning spinning and wrapping up the Tour de Fleece”