Sometimes You've Gotta Get Away

I love a good retreat. Just got back, and began the unpacking process, from a great fiber love-in masterminded by my friend Mary of Fancy Fibers across town. Mary does it all - hand knits, machine knits, weaves, spins, but mostly she cranks an antique circular sock knitting machine. So she invited all kinds of fiber fans and we had a big time in the woods. The Briarwood Retreat Center was really pretty, comfortable, and had great food every time we turned around...the perfect environment to relax and unwind. I took my alpaca fiber and yarn and information on the CSA and had a great time meeting folks, teaching an impromptu spinning lesson, and talking about the farm. I even finally broke down and learned Navajo plying, which is a way to make a 3-ply yarn with one bobbin of handspun, and keep intact all the subtle color changes. Very cool, and I'm very proud of myself.

The work of our hands:

Circular sock knitting machine in action.

Spinning sparkly yarn.

Dyed roving hanging out to dry.

Brenda learns to spin!
My Navajo-plied Jacob wool yarn.


  1. Thanks so much for helping me tonight and for teaching me to ply! I had a great time! Can't wait to learn to Navajo Ply....Yours looks fabulous.

  2. Anonymous9:28 AM

    This looks amazing! I don't have that gene that makes me want to do spinning and knit, but I greatly admire those that do! This is beautiful stuff!

  3. Alta, I wish I could *cook* like you do - we have complimentary talents and passions. It's what makes the world go round!

  4. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Thanks for blogging about the retreat and posting these great pictures, Cindy! It WAS a great time!


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