Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Final Words on Rhinebeck

You'll note that the folks that went don't want to stop talking about it. Well, neither do I.

Still Living In My Fiber Fantasy Past
After today, I really will have to let go of my obsession with being with my friends at Rhinebeck, but the memories and my new spinning stuff will keep me in good stead for a while.

And, since I had some random picture from the festival, that I wanted to share with you, I figured I couldn't let them go to waste.

This picture was taken at the same place where I took a wonderful picture of Marilyn and Thaddeus last year.



Unfortunately, this year, Thaddeus wasn't there, so I had to make do with Marilyn's yarn bracelet.

I was very flattered by Corvus' description of a teacher. Thanks for that. Here's a picture of Rachel and Corvus talking with Franklin.



I have to say that you don't run into folks like Rachel and Corvus very often. They are two very gentle souls with quite open hearts. Teachers in their own right.

Speaking of teaching, before I knew that my wheel had been completed, I was waiting for Gil to finish teaching this woman to spin.



I usually crop my pictures a little better, but my wheel happened to be in the left side of the picture. I hope you'll excuse the poor composition. One other bright note is that the woman who was learning to spin in this picture, who clearly hadn't done much spinning, ended up ordering a wheel. I can only hope that my over-the-top excitement about the craft had something to do with it.

Finally, as we were speeding on our way home, I snapped this picture of Franklin, hanging on for dear life.



Honestly, it wasn't too long after this picture was taken that I was pulled over by New Jersey's finest and given a speeding ticket for going 78 in a 55 MPH zone. Fortunately, the officer was very professional and dispatched his duty efficiently. I have to admit, this ticket was long overdue.

Franklin's generous comment was, "Don't worry, I won't blog about this experience."

Robin Spinning
I mentioned in my post the other day that I had done some spinning with the new wheel and with the new roving, and the combination was a wildly sensual experience (and that's sensual in terms of exciting to the senses).



This roving is spinning up very finely with not a huge amount of twist. When I let it twist back on itself, it makes a very soft and lofty double-ply yarn. I'm considering triple-plying it, which will probably end up being about a DK weight yarn.

Readers' Comments/Questions
Concerning the Lucy Neatby workshops at Rosie's Yarn Cellar, Mary F. notes, "I agree about Lucy Neatby. We had her teach over a year ago at our local guild. She was an awesome teacher."

I've never personally met or taken a workshop with Lucy, but my experience with two of her patterns from The Knitting Vault made me realize just how professional she does things. Her patterns are extremely detailed and well written. I would never have concerns about buying any of her designs.

Regarding the Brooks Farms yarns I bought, Colleen asks, "Would you mind sharing with me the names of the colorways you purchased?" Christina also asks, "What is the composition of the Brooks Farms yarn?"

I don't have the yarn with me, so I won't be able to check until Friday when I get home.

About Lucy Neatby, Christina goes on to ask, "I, too, admire Lucy Neatby. Have you knit her Camelot socks?"

No, but they look spectacular and a lot of fun to knit. I'll have to figure out if I have anyone to make these for.

Wendy, the fearless pedestrian notes, "The brown/blue mohair boucle looks a lot like oak grove yarn. If so, the color in the right picture is a lot truer than that in the left picture."

The picture on the right is definitely more true to life, and the Oak Grove Yarn name sounds very familiar, so I'd bet that you're right. I am very much looking forward to seeing the fabric that this fine boucle makes.

Heidi asks, "Does 100% mohair respond to lace patterns? Or does it just felt?"

I've only knit mohair once, and it was a fine, lacey scarf that had a very open, airy quality to it. It didn't seem to felt. I'm not sure if there are more experienced mohair afficionadas on the list who could anser this better.

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