Thursday, November 3, 2011

Some people are not sheep

I love how individualistic fiber people are!

    at SAFF 2011, the weather was perfectly cool for wearing wool. I saw not only miles of fibery goodness, but great numbers of spinners, knitters and weavers parading past wearing their fabulously individualistic hand work. Sure, I did see numerous iterations of certain shawl patterns that are very popular on Ravelry right now, but it was obvious that none of them were in kit form. They were different from each other not just in yarn choice, but in many little adaptations and special touches and colors so perfectly suited to compliment the wearer…sigh…it was truly inspirational.

Sadly, I have no photos, I took my camera, but Susannah and I were so busy in our booth teaching spinning that I didn’t have time to get it out. Which brings me to the second most marvelous thing about both SAFF and “Fiber in the Boro” which I attended this weekend (a wonderful show, kudos to the organizers!) There is a huge upswing in people interested in learning to spin!

People who want to set down their gadgets and get down to something that is really real. Learn something that allows you to use your own two hands, while touching something that was grown out  on 4 feet that don’t do much else but eat grass and bask in the sunshine…..Ah, it does the old heart good!

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Now this is a little unrelated, but I came home from the fiber festivals with lots of little balls of uneven yarn from demoing the spindolyn. This happens every time, lots of little snippets of demo yarn. I show one of these balls of yarn here riding on the back of the strangest trombocino squash I have ever grown…it looks sort of like a long neck goose.

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The trees above looked like this one day, and naked the next, after a big rain and wind storm..yep, winters on it’s way.

3 comments:

  1. I love this new model it looks gorgeous! I love the dark wood, so beautiful.

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  2. Hello--

    I am writing a book about supported spinning and wondered if I could get some Spindolyn photos from you? I would appreciate the photos being taken on a black background, as all the photos for the book are being done that way. You will get full credit and a link to your site in the eBook version.

    Thanks so much!

    Susan

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  3. I still love my Spindolyns. I still use them all the time. Now about all those small balls of yarn you have from teaching. If you get enough or have enough may I suggest a sampler blanket. You knit in strips 50 stitches wide. Alternate blocks of Stockinette and Garter with pattern blocks between. The color blocks can be 2 rows wide or 50. Use whatever needle size works. Change pattern stitch every time you change color or whenever it pleases you. It comes out looking like an old time quilt like they made out of old coats and such. Stitch the strips of knitting together and embellish like a crazy quilt of yore. I did one and tied it with yarn to an old worn out sleeping bag after I removed the broken zipper. I added a crocheted border of several rounds to tie the edges together too. And make it fit the bottom. Came out really nice. Heavy and warm on cold frosty nights.

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