Monday, June 3, 2013

Is it Almost Summer Already??

Wow!!! I can hardly believe it's June already! And what a spring it has been! Of course, the first thing that comes to mind when I think of spring is the Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival and this year was no exception! It was an absolute blast!! I took my son and my oldest daughter with me this year, and we all had a fabulous time. 
When I saw that Maggie Casey was teaching a class this year, I decided it was time for me to sign up and dive in. I took a 2-day class, Spinning 101, and the word amazing hardly comes close to describing the experience. First, I was fortunate enough to be in the class with 15 fabulous ladies who each contributed to the fun, learning and laughs. But to learn from Maggie, in person, is an experience not to be missed if you ever have the opportunity. In her soothing, calm voice she was able to guide us from the cleaned, raw fleece on the floor to some beautiful skeins of yarn...the first skeins for some of the students! Even having spun before, I found the lessons and techniques I learned have made me a much better spinner and more importantly, more confident. If you can't get to one of her classes, I highly recommend her DVD (or video download) Start Spinning. It captures the class in a video context, and Is probably the single DVD that I learned from. 
Following right on the heels of MDSW was the LI Fleece and Fiber Fair. I didn't even know we had one out here, let alone that I could purchase home grown fleece!  (some angora, icelandic and alpaca might have come home with me. I ain't sayin') I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to demonstrate spinning, combing and carding at the festival, along with several other members of the Spinning Study Group of LI. And even more fortunate, the flooding rain held off until just after the festival ended on Saturday. (I did feel horrible for the folks who went on Sunday which was just a total washout!)
That Sunday, though, I participated in the annual Knit-a-thon at my LYS The Village Knitter benefitting YAI. I am truly blessed to have this amazing LYS nearby, with the amazing owners and knitters that meet there. The event was a stunning success and raised more that $1400 for the cause. Ann, Kathleen, Karen and Marian put in such incredible effort that surely there is a special place for these knitting/organizing goddesses! And Deirdre...well, you rock woman!! That's all I can say! Deirdre raised an incredible amount of funds for the knit-a-thon, and I personally would like to nominate you for Secretary of Treasury. You'd have this country out of debt (and totally in to yarn!) in no time flat!! :)
Finally, I was sooooo fortunate to snag a last minute spot in this years Super Summer Knitogether in Nashville, TN!!! To say that I'm excited would be a total understatement! So many friends from last years event will be going again this year and I am excited to see everyone again. I'm even willing to fly (yes, I'm going to fly!!) down to the event this year!
Wow!!! I definitely need to blog more often!! LOL But it really has been a pretty amazing spring, and I'm looking forward to a fun (hopefully not too hot!) summer. I'm participating in Camp Loopy this year, so I'll be at camp this summer!!! :)
Here's some pix of some recent work as well as MDSW!
Happy Spring!