First, last weekend I ran away to the Fiberholic’s Retreat. We had a wonderful weekend at the Brazos House in Glen Rose. I learned so many new things and got to visit with some amazing women. It was a nice weekend that helped recharge my mind. I learned to weave on a tri-loom and produced a nice 4 color alpaca cowl on Saturday evening. I had so much fun with it that I purchased a small tri-loom to bring home.
I also had the pleasure of playing with a drum carder and creating several batts. I made one in shades of yellow and then did some small gradient batts so I can make a nice gradient yarn.
I also took my inkle loom and learned tablet weaving. I got to use 10 cards and create a beautiful diamond design on one side and an X design on the reverse. I think I’m addicted to weaving now. It seems almost magical.
Have you heard of Kumihimo? I hadn’t until I got the list of classes. I did a little research and found it is a style of braiding. They had a class but it conflicted with the tri-loom class which I decided to take instead. So I got the opportunity to learn this from one of the ladies. It is a fun quick technique and you can use beads and various threads or yarns to get different results.
So that was my fiber-filled weekend. The rest of the week was filled with school for the little one, crazy co-op science and dance. Baby K is in her dance studio’s production of the Nutcracker again this year. So in addition to our normal class day she had practice on Saturday for 2 of her 3 roles. I look forward to seeing how she had improved this year.
I will start spinning for Spinzilla tomorrow. I am excited and can barely wait to see how much I can get done in a week. I will also be preparing for my shop trunk show at Jacob’s Reward Farm on Friday and Saturday during the DFW Yarn Crawl. If you happen to be in the Dallas, Texas area swing by and say hi.
Now back to work preparing for my tutoring students and then to clearing bobbins and end the evening with some knitting to finish up my 2 current MKAL.
Until next time,