Abby was spindle spinning and so was Martha (a coppery colored silk).
Janet was knitting a sock in a pretty burgundy color which perfectly matched the sofa pillow.
Susan was spinning some natural color alpaca.
Nicole was working finished spinning an Abby Batt in a eye-popping pink on her Lendrum wheel.
I was spinning my Coopworth and Silk blend. I'm so anxious to get this done - I can hardly wait to see it plied. I have almost a second full bobbin and then have a lot more to spin of this fiber. I'm sure to get a ton of yardage from it.
Now for my surprise! Rachael called Thursday and said that she, her mother, and Landen were on their way to Pennsylvania to visit family and wanted to know if I wanted to meet up one day. An unexpected chance to see that grandson! Whoopee! I said yes and set about finding a halfway point to meet. Zanesville was the spot! I looked for restaurants online and located Muddy Misers Cool River Cafe. Overlooking the Muskingum River, the cafe sounded like a perfect spot for a visit with Rachael and Little Man.
Rachael and I ate Walleye Reubens while
Landen napped. Then we headed to Putnam Hill Park and strolled around. It was terribly hot but the shade was tolerable. Putnam Hill Park has a beautiful overlook of the Muskingum River and the town of Zanesville.
Landen dozed off and on. He was a bit fussy -- just tooo tooo hot! He goes for his two-month check-up this week. Gowing so fast! Rachael is the best Mom - so natural with Landen. Her personality will undoubtedly go far to making this little boy a very happy person. She's so calm and pleasant - very easy to be around. And, I love to hear and watch her laugh! She's just slipped right into motherhood and I'm so proud of her.
By the end of our visit, Landen was awake and fully aware of how hot and humid it was. He decided that he was DONE! It was so good to see the two of them.
On my way out of Zanesville, I met with another surprise. A shepherd and his sheep right there on the sidewalk! Of course, I had to pull over and take a picture!
On the way back towards Columbus, I went by Newark and found the location of the Mid-Ohio Fiber Fair that will be held in August. I'll be there with my soaps and whatever else I can fit in the car. It looks like a very nice facility but I noticed the address is different than the one on the web site. The specific address for the Reese Center is 1209 University Drive. I also found my hotel so I should be set! Just need to make a ton of stuff!
Yesterday, Meg and I went to Tipp City to take a polymer clay class with Lilian Nichols. The class was held at Gallery 14 upstairs in Benkin Antiques. We planned to get there early so we could eat lunch at Coldwater Cafe but there was an awful wreck on I-75 that backed traffic up for miles. Meg and I unloaded our stuff and headed around the corner to Old Tippecanoe Coffee Co. for a chicken salad sandwich. Then, we headed quickly back to class.
Meg and I were lucky enough to have a class with Lilian several weeks ago at her home for polymer clay basics. The class yesterday was on kaleidoscope canes. These are purely magical! You make lots of clay snakes (Skinner blends, solids,
bullseye, etc.) and then arrange them all together into a triangle shape. After some pulling / kneading / handling, the cane is ready to sliced and pieced back together into your kaleidoscope design.
Here you see all my clay pieces processed and ready to go. Meg is delighted over her sunset Skinner Blend. I did several blends, too. Here is a yellow, green, and blue blend and two blends already rolled up. I can't remember whose canes these were but the close-up picture of them is great. The one on the right is a section that she didn't wrap with a solid purple clay.
That first slice is an amazing surprise! GORGEOUS! It was so much fun to see everyone else's color combinations and designs. There are lots of tutorials online - just Google polymer clay kaleidoscope canes. It was more fun doing the class in person - first we got lots of tips and tricks and then we got to see so many examples of color and design combinations by just looking around the room.
After class, we ran into a couple of shops. In one shop, they had decorated this mannequin. Her flouncy skirt was mad of coffee filters and flowers. See the strings of coffee filters hanging in the background? So creative and just too cool!
Hope your Sunday is fantastic!
Gotta run! Gotta go make stuff!