Thursday, November 13, 2008

Happy, Tired, and Sneezy

I had a wonderful time at the Gathering this past weekend and can't wait for the Open House next year. The first class was a dyeing class. I learned several new techniques and came home with four 2 ounce pieces of roving to spin. Here's some pictures. The first is dip dyed, second was actually the result of too much dye which blended together, third is dip the middle and then the two ends, fourth was chained fiber that was dyed and set.

dye class accordion layout half dip in green and red dye class random layout green, blue, purple, too much dye, blended dye class accordion layout dip middle then ends dye class chained then dyed

One class was Spinning "New Wave" fibers like soysilk, bamboo, tencel, Ingeo, Angelina, and several other fibers. The third and final class was Blending Natural Fibers like wool, cashmere, camel, alpaca, silk, cotton and a few others. Doing different percentages gives different results. I learned so much from all these classes. I know my spinning will be better because of them.

Of course I came home tired, with my head spinning with fiber possibilities. My hands are itching to start something new, but, the bobbins must be emptied first.

Last night was the Knitting Guild meeting which was held at Bella Yarns. It was my first time there. I only picked up some buttons and two skeins of Lamb's Pride to use for a hat.

The other thing I came home this weekend with is a cold. Big doses of zinc and vitamin C are helping me get over it faster. I should be fine by the weekend. As a matter of fact, I think I'll call it a night. Extra rest is also very helpful. Goodnight............


livnletlrn said...

Hm. I'm a new enough spinner to have not known about The Gathering and now I'm sooooo wishing I had been there! Maybe next yr.

Donna said...

Ummm... you were in the East Bay and didn't call me???? Bella Yarns is right down the road from my office! Nice shop, huh? She just moved there from a smaller location.

Can't wait to hear all about the Gathering on saturday.