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.