Where Have I Been! Visiting the Queen? Nope.

Been a while since I have posted. The Sewing Machine gathers dust in the corner. I finished another scarf with handwoven gray yarn for the weft, I think it is pretty. Went to Handcrafted in the Hills Fiber Retreat a couple of weeks ago. Our relatives came to visit last week and our son came home for 2 days this week. Busy. But good. Oh yeah, and then there was laundry, shopping, eating, sleeping, emails, facebook and work in-between!

The Local Yarn Shop (LYS) got a bunch of the recurring customers together and we fashioned a wonderful retreat from everyday life for 3 wonderful days. We found a lovely Guest Ranch (Sunrise Guest Ranch) in Edgemont, SD about 85 miles from Rapid City. The accommodations were perfect for a Fiber Retreat. There were over 20 ladies ranging in ages from 8 yrs old to 70 something. We had Scotch Eggs for Breakfast, sandwiches for lunch and a catered steak dinner all on Saturday. We got there on a Friday night, had a huge knitting/spinning/crocheting circle, ate snacks and laughed and got to know one another. Saturday after Breakfast we watched Rita (LYS shop owner) demonstrate Dartmore Dyeing. She had some lanoliny wool that she dyed in crock pots.

Dartmore Dyeing

Then we had a Tunisian Crochet class that Katy taught with a huge crochet hook so we could all see. We had lunch then Needle Felting class taught by Marti, and finally a Colorworks Knit class taught by Rita. All throughout the day we had quick demos of the dartmore dyeing process, very interesting. The sun was shining and some of the more adventurous souls trekked through the barnyard to see the bottle lambs, sheep, horses, and cattle that were at the Ranch.

I'm Cute!

I taught a Beginning Spinning class while the Colorworks class was going and it was fun to see the ladies catch on to the process of spinning. We had so much fun doing all of these things together that we hardly wanted to stop in order to be fed our supper!

View from Lodge at Sunrise Guest Ranch

Mark, Suzanne and Kylee, of Sunrise Guest Ranch, prepared and served a delicious supper of organically grown beef steak, baked potato, veggie and salad. They outdid themselves with dessert: home-made vanilla ice cream made with that day’s fresh cream! Wow, we felt like royalty.  Circle in Lodge

After supper we decided to play a silly game. The fiber that had been dyed during the day was all sitting in colorful piles on paper plates on a table in the main room. We all drew numbers and then when our number was called we proceeded to the table to choose a color of fiber that we liked. We carried the fiber, wet, on its paper plate to our place. Then the next number was called and if that lady liked your color more than any others on the table she could STEAL the fiber from you! We played this for a couple of hours because there were so many plates of fiber and so many ladies. We thought we would all break ourselves laughing so hard. Some of the quietest ladies stole the most fiber!! This silly game really cemented our friendships. We all declared at the end of the night that we had become a COMMUNITY of like minded fiberistas.

Sunday was a day to pay up our bills for the “Necessities Shop” that the LYS had brought along, most of us bought more yarn, fiber or needles. We cleaned up after ourselves, and then bought recently sheared fleeces from Mark and Suzanne’s Rambouillet sheep. NICE! After saying our teary goodbyes, we all decided to come back next year. Such a fun time.

It took us all about a week to get ourselves back to normal but it was worth it!

Then the week following the fiber retreat our son was scheduled to come home from Italy. He flew in on a Sunday afternoon and left again on Tuesday evening after seeing friends, getting financing, buying a truck, renting a trailer, loading his motorcycle into the trailer, and sleeping and eating. It was a whirlwind of a visit, but very worth it.

And now I am trying to get my self motivated to warp the Macomber again, so I can do an experiment with plastic bags. Will post more later about this project!

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