Friday, March 09, 2012

Retreating With Fiber

The weeks have been flying by as I've been working to get the shop ready to open the first weekend in April, and also time has flown in fibery goodness in preparation for the first "show" of the year. This is a wonderful winter retreat sponsored by the Fibernet guild in Lewiston, West Virginia. Over thirty talented hand spinners gather at Hawk's Nest State Park Lodge twice a year and revel in fiber and friendship.

Fiber Fellowship
Three days of spinning bliss

I would go to this retreat even without a chance to sell my fiber, but being able to set up a table is an added bonus to a wonderful weekend. I'm in good company; some wonderful fiber was offered from several local farms and dyers.

Greenberry House at the retreat
Fiber and supplies from Greenberry House

Thanks to Linda, who came and spent an entire weekend helping me with carding some wonderful Shetland wool from Thistle Cove Farm that I had dyed, I had some beautiful fiber to offer to interested spinners. Lots of Bryspun needles went home with knitters as well and there is some dyeing in the future of some of these fiber mavens who picked up the Greener Shades dyes.

New River Gorge, Hawk's Nest
The view from our balcony

The weather was nearly perfect; some thunderstorms and a tornado warning not far away added some tension to one evening. Sadly there were some serious weather related incidents during the weekend elsewhere. But compared to the weekend two years ago, which was the year of the snow, this year was almost like spring! Snow started falling just as we were leaving on Sunday but we made it to Virginia with no problems after a terrific visit to Tamarack.

Linda went with me to help out and I think she enjoyed the event as much as I did. It was restful and we met some wonderful new fiber friends and reconnected with some old ones. I'm looking forward to the next gathering!

What I'm spinning: Hand dyed Icelandic roving
What I'm knitting:
What I'm crocheting: Everything hibernating
What I'm readingDracula by Bram Stoker (Craft-Lit selection), Arabian Nights (1001 Books), I Am Half-Sick of Shadows by Alan Bradley
Current sounds & sights for spinning along: The roar of a March wind in the trees

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