Ya'll just need to sit down for this post. Put your feet up and relax because I know right off the bat that someone's going to leave a comment that I make them tired! I assure you, there was nothing exhausting about Saturday. It was exciting from start to finish.
I left home shortly after 9:00 AM and headed to Mechanicsville, VA for the monthly spinning guild meeting. I was a member of Clotho's Childrenback in the late 1980's and realized how much I had missed being in a room amidst lots and lots of spinning wheels and spinners. There were a lot of Lendrums, a couple Fricke wheels, a Peacock, a couple of Majacrafts, and Mary even brought her Womack e-spinner.
Today, the guild was having a trunk show. Kathy, of Scarlet Fleece and former owner of Holly Spring Homespun, was there with her beautiful yarns, roving, bags of cashmere, and patterns. (Her blog is here.) I couldn't resist!!!! I purchased roving in three colorways (Copper Smoke, Under the Sea, Guitar Hero), a couple bags of cashmere, three patterns, and two skeins of yarn (HoriZEN) to make one of the patterns (Cozy Baby Set, Country Lace Shawl, Pullover Vest).
Accompanying Kathy was Ginni Nichols. Ginni makes the coolest spindles! She is working on her web site. The colors she uses in her spindles reflect the colorways of Kathy's yarns. Just too cool! I bought a 1.3 oz. spindle named Mexican Sunflower.
Yes, I did manage to spin (a little) in between shopping spurts. I started the second bobbin of this beautiful roving purchased from The Woolery. The Woolery has moved to Frankfort, KY - check out their new site. They now offer yarn and fiber discounts.
Two o'clock came and I hated to leave! But, it was time to head south. South on Interstates 95 and 85 to Chapel Hill, NC and Yarns, Etc.
Franklin entertained us by reading from "It Itches." and sharing other snippets of his life. He also took our questions - discussing the 1,000 Knitters project, etc. We were also treated to the unveiling of his Print 'o the Wave stole in person! It was absolutely gorgeous! You can visit Franklin's blog to read about the stole and see more pictures.
He had the undivided attention of this sheepish audience member. His name was Herman and he came to the event in hopes of seeing Delores. He stared intently at Franklin - never once blinking but, alas, meeting Delores was not in the cards this trip. (If you're one of Franklin's blog readers, you know who Delores is.)
Franklin autographed my copy of his book and also one for my friend, Mary. It's a terrific little book and I encourage each of you to get a copy. You will be able to relate to Franklin's witty cartoons and essays and find yourself, as I did, laughing out loud. Goodness knows, we all can use a good chuckle!
Also, attending the event was Betsy Greer, author of Knitting for Good. This is a special little book that is being heralded on the internet. One group is mailing it from person to person - a group sharing, if you will, celebrating this book about creating positive change through our knitting. Betsy also autographed my copy!!
I was tickled to see the racks at Yarns, Etc. nicely stocked with Three Waters Farm handpainted Blueface Leicester and Merino Top. Mary Ann was there and I told her how much I love her colors -- so rich and saturated. I purchased several of her colorways - First Bloom, City Nights, Cave at Hug Point, Mediterranean - and can hardly wait to spin them up. Also, check her products out here and here. Mary Ann said that Three Waters Farm will be in the main building at Maryland Sheep & Wool this year so you all be sure and look for her. Her booth is always terrific. She will not be at SAFF this year - she said the time conflicts with the NC State Fair.
I knit a bit Saturday night while listening to Franklin. I am trying to finish my Clapotis. Am I the last one to knit a Clapotis?? The yarn is Blue Heron's rayon metallic.
Well, to close this long post -- hope you're still with me! -- Saturday was great! I drove 375 miles - start to finish. I listened to podcasts and argued with my Garmin GPS. Most importantly, I crossed paths with so many talented people. Craftsmen and women as Franklin would call them. Authors, knitters, spinners - OH MY!
Tomorrow, I'll show you what was waiting in the mailbox for me when I returned home. Toooo cute!