I am very fortunate to be part of a team that organizes an event in Freeport, Maine called the Spa Knit & Spin. This is the 8th year that people from all over New England and beyond have gathered together from Friday through Sunday to enjoy each other's company, inspire each other, ooooh and aaaah over each other's creativity, and SHOP! What better way to drive out the winter blues?
We take over three hotels, and have a fabulous Vendor Mercantile. Twenty three awesome vendors with booths full of beautiful hand dyed rovings and yarns of sheep wool, angora, mohair, cashmere, bamboo, yak, etc., quilting fabric, handspun/handknit items, spinning wheels; hand turned needles and crochet hooks, etc. It's a fiber addicts paradise and if you were new to all of this when you arrived, you were hooked by the time you went home! I came home with several fiber goodies and certainly feel inspired and encouraged with several ideas in mind.
Roving in every color and so many different blends of wool and other fibers.
Intense color everywhere! It was so difficult to stick to a budget and not just go wild :) I purchased a spinning book called "Spin Control" from the author, Amy King. I have my autographed copy and am enjoying learning more about how to better use my wheel and my fiber . If you are a spinner, it's a must for your library.
Sock yarn anyone? Could you pick just one color?!
This great little hand bag was just calling my name. I fell in love with the fabric - and I can relate to these sheep. lol... The vendor had straight and circular needle cases in this same fabric as well as knitting bags. They are all handmade and they were selling quickly.
I try to make something special each year to wear to Spa from my own animals. This year I made a scarf out of my pygora fiber. It was from Rudy, one of my gray pygora wethers and I overdyed it with burgundy. It is elegantly soft and I loved wearing it.
I know many, many people went home with full hearts and stash bags, me included, looking ahead to Spa Knit & Spin 2011. Thanks to all who make this weekend possible each year!!!