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26. October 2010 13:51
by Jobo

10th Annual Maritime Handspinners' Retreat!

26. October 2010 13:51 by Jobo | 3 Comments

So I missed Yarn Candy Monday yesterday... what with all of the excitement of the weekend, the relief of arriving home and planting my derriere on the sofa, and then the annoyance of an ugly headache that lasted a seriously long time... I am really just beginning to process this weekend's unreal experience.

I do the majority of my spinning and knitting at home,  Where there are no other knitters or spinners.  Not that I wouldn't like to share and work together with other artists, I just hadn't been lucky enough to find a group yet.  I work on projects with my Mom, and JB, and a few other people I've met, but nothing I had before seen prepared me adequately for the "Retreat" experience.

There was a SEA of wheels.  103 wheels and just as many spinners.  Throughout the conference room, and the entire hotel really, there was an overwhelming sense of family and acceptance.  The intensity of the whole thing was hard to describe.  Everywhere you looked... there were ladies wearing beautiful handknit garments - that you know they must have crafted themselves, given the circumstances.  There was laughter, and learning, and food, and fun.  In the outside world, I often feel like I am unusual in my love for all things fiber, like "regular" people think that I am crazy for wanting to do the things that I love, but in that room I was normal.

At one point, I was wandering through the gallery of vendors and realized I was holding a braid of silk fiber close to my chest, feeling it's softness and admiring it's vibrant color... and when I looked around me to see if anyone had noticed, I realized that there were several other people doing the exact same thing.  I got down on my hands and knees on the floor to paw through bags of raw fleece, breathing in the light scent of hay and sheep, only to realize that another spinner was doing the same thing... with just as big of a smile on. There was inspiration and encouragement everywhere.  Such acceptance and enthusiasm I have never felt in a room of complete strangers.

At the Saturday night Banquet, one spinner wore an Orenburg Lace shawl (Yes, a REAL one, the absolute real deal).  I nearly lost my mind.  It was the most beautiful thing I have ever seen... shining, etherial, and as light as a dream.  My jaw was completely on the floor.  (along with everyone else who knew what it actually was)  She let me touch it.  I could tell how proud she was of it, a piece of history and a garment of such extreme beauty and luxury.  I felt awed and inspired in the same breath.

I met some wonderful people in our little spinning circle... Betty Ann, Lois, Heather, Anne, Joan, Donna, Daphne, Nancy and Hannah from Maine, Chantelle who offered me a place to stay in her lovely home, Heidi who taught me to needle felt little rabbits, and the ever energetic organizers of the event Elaine and Louise, and so many more people than I can remember names for... You were all wonderful, and I am very grateful to have met and spun with you all!

I feel like I just can't tell the stories and do them justice... and I can't remember all of the things that made the place wonderful...  The weekend is a blur in my memory, but none of the great experiences will be forgotten.

I clearly did not take enough pictures... but here are a few that I managed to find :)

Sea of Wheels this is only ONE half of the room... during setup.  I wished I had remembered to take more photos with everyone working...

Needle Felted Bunny My little needle-felted Bunny :)

Mohair Locks and WPI tool

Dyed Mohair locks and a new WPI Gauge

Shetland 2 lb 2 lb of raw Shetland... one of the cleanest fleece's I've felt!

mountain colors targheeMountain Colors Targhee Top... in the colors of the Caribbean Ocean

Waterloo Wools Seacell merino Blend Waterloo Wools Seacell and Merino Blend

Waterloo Wools Silk Merino BlendWaterloo Wools Silk and Merino Blend

14. September 2009 09:18
by Jobo

Somebody sent me Chocolates!

14. September 2009 09:18 by Jobo | 2 Comments

How cool is that?  Especially for a serious Chocoholic like me!

I've been nominated for a Blog Award... by Sonja over at Stringplay.  I've only recently found her site, but am really enjoying reading her articles and checking out her amazing lace work too.

"Life is Like a Box of Chocolates"


Pam (the person who started this award) says:

In my best southern accent, I would like to say that I have been thinking about a new award and what I would like it to say. People are like Forrest said ” Life is like a box of chocolates and you never know what you’re gonna get." You can see this box of chocolates Gump is filled with different and unique candies and just like the chocolates we are all different and unique people. We are the same in that we all have common ingredients that make us more a like than not. Except for the frosting, which represents our personalities, we are indeed very similar on the inside.”

And of course there are rules:
1. That you must pass this award to others.
2. Link back to me when you have passed them forward.
3. Write a nice post about this award.
4. You must read this award with a southern accent. I call it southern day where we all have to speak with a southern accent.
I know that will be hard for some of you, but for the rest of us, we will be fine. So now, ya’ll just enjoy this little ’ award and have fun with it.
5. And of course let your folks know that they have a nice award waiting for them.


Well - I was really surprised to be nominated for an award like this!  Sometimes being a blogger, you write and write, and pour out your heart, never really knowing for sure if there is anyone out there reading or not.  It was a pleasant surprise for a Monday Morning to see that maybe at least one person besides my Mom is checking it out!  Thank you very much Sonja for thinking of me :P

I have learned many interesting things over the years reading online blogs.  Like Sonja mentionned in her post, I also found out about Ravelry and Knitty while reading other people's blogs, and admired the creativity and talent of other crafters.  The internet is a wealth of tutorials and patterns, and inspiration for an artist.  By reading about the experiences of other spinners and knitters, I have been able to refine my own skills, rejoice with them during their fibery successes and also learn from some of their less-successful experiences.

Every day I take the time to read articles posted by my colleagues... maybe too much time *blush*

In Particular I would like to recognize a few:

Yarn Harlot - You always make my day with your quirky sense of humour, a mix of humour/knitting/family/general quips and stories!  I check in every day hoping that you posted a new tidbit for us to read, and usually make whatever I am drinking come out my nose :)

Bowerbird Knits - I really love to see your exquisite spinning and beautiful knit work.  I try and model my own spinning against yours, striving for work as lovely as yours... someday with a whole lot more practice. Haven't seen ya around in a while?  Whatcha been up to?

PA Knit/Wit- You never cease to amaze me with your beautiful spinning and knitting!  I am so excited for You and the soon to arrive new addition to your family.  Thank you for sharing your beautiful work!

Otrembarific - I love reading about all of your adventures Keri! from gardening to travelling, I check back to your blog often just to see what's new.  I really enjoyed reading about your Sock Summit experiences this year.  (P.S.  I got the book in the mail too, it's fantastic!

KnittingPharm  - I still can't believe that I *know* a Canadian Knitting Rock Star!  So proud of you Deb!  I really wish I could have attended your class at the Summit... but I did the next best thing, I went out and got "Knitting Socks with Handpainted Yarn" as soon as it came out just so I could make your Socks!  (still searching for that perfect yarn, then ready to cast on!)  You inspire me :)

Now this award is supposed to be read with a Southern Accent... keep in mind I am a French Canadian, so this may sound a little funny... erm and might have a couple of "Eh"s in it too!

Pam also talks about us each being unique little chocolates.... well If I was incarnated as a candy, I think I'd be a Dark Chocolate, with a creamy lemony or orangey filling, and some sort of polka dot or swirly pattern on top.  Oh yeah... and I wouldn't be that normal tiny chocolate shape... I'd be the size of a Baseball!  (the only thing better than some chocolate is More chocolate!

Thanks again to Sonja for letting me in on this! 

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