Time for a little lunchtime blogging. It seems to me I am starting to get in some sort of groove with this lunchtime blogging situation. It helps that the work computers are fast…and quite frankly, as far as our home computers are concerned right now, we are practically off the grid. But that is another story…
So, on 3/29, the ladies of the Fiber Collective (on Ravely) had a meetup up at Edward’s Air Force Base at Stashymama’s place. I convinced Wendy to go up there with me, which took absolutely *zero* armtwisting on my part. We don’t know many folks around these parts that are into spinning, so the idea of getting together with a bunch of spinner’s for the day was incredibly exciting! So we packed up our wheels and some food and headed up there!
We got up there a little late, but we walked in to see this:
A Louet, A Lendrum, a Ladybug
A Mach 1
This doesn’t include Wendy’s Ashford Joy or my very own Kromski Sonata (“Lucy”)…or the many others that were there drop spindling!
Stashymama (Ann) is an incredible host and does NOT mess around. She had set up plenty of demo’s for us. We had gotten there a little late and had missed the spindling demos, but we got to see plenty of fiber demos.
All sorts of fibery goodness!
Ann showed us how to steam set our yarn right on the stove and how to wash a fleece (Note to self: I need to get a teapot and a bigger house to store my fleece stash). Wendy brought some angora and teased apart the locks. Ann showed us how to comb alpaca and handcard it into rolags…and I got to watch Mindy use a small loom to make cotton washcloths. The whole day was really amazing and I had complete sensory overload! While some of these thjings were happening, I was dipping into the fiber I had brought with me and had Ann show me how to use her drumcarder.
I want a drumcarder...I had better start playing the lottery...
I had brought my artclub
Heirloom Tomatoes batts and some Fleece Artist
I had gotten from Kataish
and with a few oddsies and endsies Ann had in a garbage bag came up with some gorgeous batts!!
Wendy tried out the drumcarder too…
Wendy's grey angora with purple mohair
And if this wasn’t enough to make me giddy, Mindy’s husband made me a shawl pin! I guess it was a “Welcome to the Fiber Collective” gift! If that wasn’t a cool thing already, check this out, it’s specifically designed for my sci-fi nerdiness!!
The Alliance Starbird.
A knitting AND Star Wars accessory. I am sorry….but…BEST…KNITTING….ACCESSORY….EVER! It looks super sweet with my Pi shawl.
The folks of the Fiber Collective are so awesome. I totally have to thank Bellatrix, Dr. Gemma, Pudmuddles, Lexicom, Mindy, Stashymama and the rest for wrapping their arms around me and making me feel so welcome! They rawk! ::happy sigh::
Oh, and if they are out there reading this….the Log Cabin Linus is in my possession. I will return it soon…and probably with more extras thrown in the bag.
There is no torture like work torture. The 9 to 5 grind that seems to cause frustration. You feel like you could jump out of your skin because you are ready to get the hell outta’ there and get to doing more creative things. Or how about making it worse by knowing that you have a spinning wheel under your desk?
Lucy waits patiently under my desk
Lucy wants out of the bag desperately as she is very much above having to sit next to your average paper shredder. She wasn’t happy when I had to move her next to the trash either.
I promise she will get some action tonight.