But I did knit, and I did spin, and did a couple of sheepy/wooly things. In February I attended the NETA Spa in Freeport Maine. This is a rather loosely structured fiber event held in a couple of hotels in Freeport, the East Coast hub of outlet shopping as well as home of LL Bean. I attended SPA a few years ago in Portland Maine and had a really horrible time. Really bad. But I needed an escape and some fiber revival and a weekend outing with my daughter. So, we went. It was awful, worse than I remembered. The organizers of this event have an agenda...to have no agenda. Quite honestly it has grown in scale and attendance enough that it now has the feel of disorganized pandemonium. A few folks have tried to organize classes, etc, but their efforts are thwarted by others who just want to sit around and, well, drink. There was a nice, but very small marketplace and a fashion show and worst knit item show. I put my spiral shawl in the fashion show and got third place in the worst knitted item show for a perfectly ghastly orange sweaterish thing that I got at Goodwill in Concord. Well, I won't go to that again.
In May I went to New Hampshire Sheep and Wool in Contoocook. This has always been a favorite event of mine, and it was great this year as well, except the weather really and truly sucked. It was cold and rainy and horrible. A few of my favorite vendors were not even there, and I don't blame them. And I had a raincoat failure. In addition, I went with a friend who was having, perhaps, a worse time than me, partly due to the fact that though she is a knitter, she is not a spinner and New Hampshire Sheep and Wool is rather weighted toward the sheep breeder and the spinner. We left early to get hot soup and for me to buy a much needed new, truly waterproof raincoat.
|Mass sheep and wool purchases|
|Class in the courtyard|
Pictures, well, I actually took a "photographing your fiber" class with Mary Jane Mucklestone at Knit UK. I found out that my cheap crappy camera from Best Buy actually has some great features and that it takes far better pictured than I ever imagined. But I don't have many pictures of actual fiber events. I have over 1000 pictures of Scotland, but only a few from Stirling.
Will I try to do better posting? Well, no, I don't think so. When I started this whole blog thing I thought it would be fun; a good way to keep in touch with friends and family who might be interested in my knitting and spinning. Not so much. I am not an enthusiastic writer, I was about a far from an English major as one can get, though I like the computer I don't like being chained to it. I may to try to blog about knitting and spinning now and again, but expect this blog to go away by the end of the year.