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Tuesday, February 17, 2009


Finally. Finally, life worked out enough to allow me to attend the Madrona Retreat. Here are some snapshots of my time there.

Took two classes, the first was Wrap and Roll yarns with Sarah Anderson.
We had an awesome space for this class with scads of natural light. Sarah is a wonderful and energetic teacher. And, this was not an easy thing to teach; luckily, the class was small.

She had wonderful demo's of the technique, which is a particular type of core spinning using a spindle as well as a wheel.
Here one student was playing the wheel and the other the spindle
and Sarah showed how to wrap and move up the single.

And, she gave us a quick demo on how to spin this yarn on two spindles.

My other class was spinning silk with Judith. Here she is opening up a silk brick.
The whole room might look a little seasick green but I didn't bother trying to color correct it as it's exactly how I felt. There were still fumes left in the room from the dyeing class the day before (seems like people were still adding to the pile of dyed skeins on the table, so maybe there was another class going on, too), anyway, it made me sick and I had to leave early.

Friday I made a little side trip down to the glass museum in Tacoma.
Below that big cone is where they have glass blowing demo's. It would have been nice if they'd told us before we paid to get in that they were over for the day.
We missed the end of it by seconds. In the museum they did have some of the Chihuly chandeliers from his Venice show, so that was cool to see.

And, to get to the museum, you need to walk over the bridge of glass where these beauties look down on you.
If they look this good on a cloudy day, it must be mind blowing gorgeous when the sun is out.
There's a cupcake store just down the street from the museum.
Cute, isn't it. Had to get some, because it was someones birthday!
Here we are at our FT get-together dinner. I had to keep pinching myself that I was really there. From left to right, Angela, Denise, Naomi, Jen, and Laura.
The other side of the table shows, Sivia, Ellen, Kerry, Mel, and Roberta and you can just make out Angela's flame, Doug, at the end of the table.
There were so many great sweaters and shawls. But, Mel's Fern took the cake. It is a true sheep to sweater masterpiece!
And, Kerry finished her Casual Cables in the nick of time.
The birthday girl couldn't waste time eating cupcakes, she found her bliss in a wheel.
No new wheels came home with me, but here's my big ol' basket of loot. It was fun shopping completely new to me vendors. Except Ernst glass, they've had a booth at Stitches Midwest. It's always a struggle to decide on which of their beauties to bring home; at least it didn't take 3 hrs to make up my mind this time. Anyway, I found perfect buttons and inspiration (thanks to Mel) to finish spinning my Perendale fleece.

As at most of these events, the best part was meeting the people; new friends and old friends. Wish there had been more time with all of you!


At 4:07 PM, Blogger Melanie said...

What a wonderful set of photos - a little pick-me-up for the post Madrona blues. I am so glad that you were able to come. Doesn't Roberta look happy with her new wheel?

At 4:20 PM, Blogger Angela said...

A lovely reminder of a wonderful weekend. I hope work and life align again for you to come out next year.

At 6:39 PM, Blogger A Fiber Frolic said...

These photos perfectly capture the flavor of the whole weekend.

Thanks for sharing them with us.


At 6:57 PM, Blogger jenknits said...

It was so great to see you again, Vicky! Looks like you made out with some good loot!

At 6:53 AM, Blogger June said...

Thanks for the great post! Everyone and everything looks so wonderful! Maybe someday I'll get there too! I am simply green with envy!

At 12:33 PM, Anonymous Patty said...

Ooo - ooo - ooo! I can't wait for us to visit so I can see all your new fun stuff! Let's make a date!

At 6:19 AM, Blogger Judy said...

Loved your pics! (I'm a friend of the birthday girls and will be knitting with her today.)


At 7:21 AM, Anonymous CarolineF said...

I'm glad you had fun. Don't think I'll ever get all the way out there, but it looks like a great time.


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