Well the North Country Fiber Fair (NCFF) was in Watertown, SD in the middle of September. So, 6 of us ladies from the local yarn store went and set up shop. We had 6 spinning wheels, 6 ladies and 6 spinning wheels to sell plus most of the yarn shop! We had a blast! We set up the shop on Friday night and then I went to a class on core spinning, very fun. Saturday Rita (LYS Owner) and I taught beginning spinning. She taught I helped! In between teaching and being taught we worked at the booth. The other ladies did the same. We had such fun. I took a Saori Weaving class on Saturday that was AWESOME! I really enjoyed the freedom of weaving from the heart or spirit instead of from a pattern. Although, I enjoy weaving from patterns too. I sold my rigid heddle loom to one of my friends and taught her how to weave and another friend has a rigid heddle and a table top loom that I will be helping her with. I LOVE weaving.
Here are the photos of my trip and my weavings!
Core spun skein from class at NCFF
Saori Weaving from class at NCFF
More setting up shop
I did weave a cute little bag this summer. The LYS owner challenged us to knit, crochet or weave something with a new yarn she had gotten in. It is like a ribbon but with little ladders in it. It did not weave very well, it kept twisting, but it still looked ok. The owner’s daughter came up with a brillant idea of doubling the yarn and knitting with it doubled. It looked awesome. But my little bag came out cute too. It now graces the shop as a “sample”.
I really have been weaving! I have been all over the place since the last post here. In August we had the Central States Fair. I did not enter anything, but I did go and spin with the other spinsters.
I did some dyeing this summer also. I had purchased a raw fleece that seemed so nice and soft and crimpy that I was very excited to dye it. It was soft, and crimpy, but it was also full of ticks and vegie matter! ICK! I tried to wash it on the patio of my townhouse and it made a tremendous dirty mess. After making my hands sore on the large burrs with larger stickers stuck inside the wet wool, I came to a conclusion: I am 60 years old; I don’t have enough time left in my life to spend it hurting myself and making myself miserable washing not very good wool when there are people who I can PAY to do this! So whatever was salvageable I kept, the rest went into the garbage bin. I decided that I might as well dye the “good” stuff that I had left. So, I pulled out my “new to me old” crockpot that I got from the thrift store and went to dyeing. I dyed with RIT because I did not have any “real” dye. It came out a very pretty purple, but it still had all the garbage in it from the pasture. I spun up some of it, but was not impressed. My neighbor’s dog was more impressed with the action than anyone.
After I finished Dyeing I went inside and had some cheesecake!
- Watching me Dye
Pretty in Purple
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