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19. October 2011 09:22
by Jobo

Maritime Handspinners' Retreat: 2011 - Spin Local!

19. October 2011 09:22 by Jobo | 0 Comments

This past weekend (Oct 14, 15, 16) was the 11th Annual Handspinners' Retreat over in Wolfville, Nova Scotia!  The party was sponsored by Gaspereau Valley Fibres, and held at the Old Orchard Inn - a lovely hotel located in the middle of the Annapolis Valley surrounded by fantastic apple orchards.  The theme this year was "Spin Local" - encouraging everyone to spin the wonderful fibers available in our own backyards.  I really like the idea of using local products in my work, especially since my favorite fiber provider actually lives in my family room! 

I really enjoyed the event last year... so I was quite excited to go back and see the spinners I had met, and also to learn new things.  I always find I leave this sort of retreat feeling so inspired and enthusiastic about fiber and art.  Seeing all of the beautiful things that others make gets me all charged up to go home and be creative!  My friend Jo decided to come with me for the weekend, even though she wasn't a spinner... this woman loves yarn as much as I do, so I knew she'd find some common ground.  She even bought a drop-spindle and gave it a try!  I think we might make a spinner out of her yet?

Plus, it was really nice to have something like this trip to look forward to this year... I'm finding that I'm feeling a bit lost in this pregnancy, and devoting some time to just being myself and doing some "big people" socializing was really overdue.  A lot of what is going on now revolves completely around the baby... Spinning, however, revolves around the Momma!

I took lots of photos during our trip... too many for sure to put in a single blog post :)  So I'll start out with some beautiful Nova Scotia Scenery... even this time of year, the grounds at the Old Orchard Inn are beautiful!

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Stay Tuned... photos of vendors, interesting guests, and yarn and fiber to come later this week!

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