Spinning at the Schaghticoke Fall Festival Today

Good morning, and happy Saturday! I will be at the Schaghticoke Fall Festival today demonstrating spinning on both spindles and a wheel. My Lendrum will be available for anyone who wants to give it a try, and I will bring my Polonaise to spin on for the day. Even though it’s not the most travel friendly wheel, I love to take it to public events because it’s so pretty.

I have prepared a small display outlining a short history of spinning, and have samples of unwashed, washed, and carded wool, and other fibers like silk, alpaca, llama, and flax for people to touch, as well as several examples of some hands-pun yarns. Any day when I get to sit around talking to people about what I like to do is a good day, and I’m really looking forward to it.

The car is just about all packed and I am finishing up my second cup of coffee. There are a few more things to do here and then I’m off. Have a great weekend!

The Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival is this weekend!

Good morning, and happy Wednesday! Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Come check out the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival (formerly the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival) at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Greenwich.

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Exciting Men’s Knitting Retreat News!

Good morning and happy Saturday!

The dates for next year’s Men’s Spring Knitting Retreat have been announced, and registration will open in January as it does every year. This has become such an immensely popular event that it sells out within minutes of registration opening. In fact, I think all of the regional men’s knitting retreats have become so popular that they also sell out pretty much on the first day. For the spring retreat here in New York though, it happens literally in a matter of minutes. I think it sold out in about 20 minutes in 2016, and a whopping 8 minutes for the 2017 retreat.

During the feedback sessions at the end of the last several retreats, much of our discussions centered around ideas for expanding attendance or extending the retreat to include either the weekend before or the weekend after. So many great ideas have been presented, and after careful consideration, it’s been decided to basically leave the spring retreat as it is with both the number of attendees and the number of days. We really do have a winning formula, and changes to either of those things, especially the number of attendees, would negatively impact the intimacy of the retreat, which first and foremost is what we want to preserve. In addition, it would make organizing and putting on this event extremely more difficult. Continue reading “Exciting Men’s Knitting Retreat News!”

The Perpetually Chattering Bobbin

Good morning and happy Saturday! Do you feel that little bit of change in the air? This is the part of summer that I love most. Basically, the end. These low humidity days with bright warm sunshine and crisp nights really agree with me. The fall fiber festival season is coming, and it will start for me with the Adirondack Wool and Arts Festival (formerly the Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival) on September 23rd and 24th. Do you have your fiber festival shopping list ready? I have a few tools and accessories I am on the lookout for, but nothing specific for yarn and fiber, though it always finds its way home with me.

This morning I am continuing spinning on the Pixie Batt, and I have really enjoyed this project so far. The batt is well prepared and drafts easily, and the layers provide some variety as I draft back and forth across the end of each strip I tear off. The 25:1 pulley on my Polonaise is the highest ratio I have, and I am working at a very comfortable pace, but I do almost wish I had a slightly higher ratio available on this wheel.

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Spinning a Pixie and then off to the fair

Good morning and happy Saturday! It’s going to be a beautiful late summer day and we are going to spend part of it at the the Altamont Fair. We like to go early and visit with all the farm animals, stroll through the exhibits, grab some lunch, and then get tossed around and turned upside down on a few rides. Yes, AFTER lunch. By this point in the day the sun is high in the sky and the midway is beginning to get crowded, and I have usually had enough of both, so we will head home to hopefully get a little more use out of the pool while we can. But first, I am going to do a little spinning this morning.

Despite having unfinished weaving and knitting projects, and despite telling myself that I would take another break from spinning after the Tour de Fleece so I could finish those unfinished weaving and knitting projects, I simply could not resist starting another spinning project.

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