This afternoon, I returned from the Fiber Arts Network Hawk’s Nest Spinning Retreat. I was both a participant and a vendor this time, taking my soaps, lotion bars, and salves from my Etsy shop. This group are all spinners, knitters, crocheters, weavers, felters, fiber animal raisers, so no yarn or knit wear was taken. My roommate for the three nights is a good friend, think Lucy and Ethel, and we can laugh, giggle, and be a couple of lady friends away from their normal lives, so a good bit of talk about family, pets, responsibilities, cooking, gardening (both tasks we enjoy) and sometimes just having a cup of coffee or a glass of wine and being still or silly. This time there were 40+ participants, both male and female, who spend 2 or 3 days enjoying each other’s company, having a nightly social hour, teaching and learning from friends. Many of us vend fiber, equipment, books, knit wear, yarn, and in my case, items from my shop.
New River Gorge bridge in the distance on a snowy day.
Part of the crowd, spinning &
A very, very talented Lisa, needle felting for a Dr. Seuss birthday display at her local library.
Her adorable menagerie that she made, with no patterns, this weekend to go with others at home and some she is still working on.
Me being coaxed, cajoled to get over my fear of new things and learning to card two different rovings into a beautiful top to spin for my daughter to knit herself a hat and another time to blend two rovings into a luscious deep purple top with gray and blue undertones to knit into a dressy top for me on a Strauch finest double wide motorized carder. The owner of the company, one of my friends and spinning group buddies, thank you Joanne for encouraging me on your beautiful equipment.
After a final lunch at Tamarack on our way home, we had an uneventful couple of hours on the road, arrived back to unload at friend’s house then I on to mine where inventory of sold goods and updating of the shop, unpacking, sorting the lovely fibers and bags that came back with me were done. A delicious dinner prepared by me was enjoyed, and now I am looking at the photos and sharing some of my good time with my blog friends and family.
This was a much needed and much enjoyed mini vacation and trip away from the routines of home, great time with friends, fellowship, food, a successful vending event, and rest. Thank you all who made this possible, holding down the fort at home, caring for my chicky flock, teaching me new skills, being good friends and family.