Sunday, April 27, 2008

Colors--A Fiber Festival

Yesterday was Colors in Berkeley. This event was pulled together by Sara, Kristine of A Verb for Keeping Warm, and Brooke and Maia of Tactile Fiber Arts. In addition to fiber and yarn from A Verb for Keeping Warm and Tactile Fiber Arts, there was fiber and other goodies from Pigeonroof Studios and Girl on the Rocks. Plus, there were three sessions of beginning drop spindling and three different fiber tastings. It was great fun.

I took the Exotics fiber tasting with Kristine. We spun baby alpaca, alpaca with silk, baby llama, baby camel with silk and 100% cashmere. It was all yummy and gave me an idea of what to ply with this merino/tencel blend I'm spinning on my Bosworth midi spindle.

This is going to look gorgeous with the baby llama I bought from A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Verb for Keeping Warm Baby Llama

Kristine is a really good teacher. There was the right mix of general chatting, discussion of the fibers we were spinning, and spinners silently concentrating on their spinning. I would highly recommend if you are in the Bay Area and get a chance to take a spinning class from Kristine that you leap. I've not taken spinning classes from Maia or Brooke; the buzz was that they are great teachers as well. I occasionally spin with both of them and can speak to their understanding of spinning and fibers--deep, very deep.

For me, one of the best parts of the day was meeting old friends from Deep Color and new friends from Ravelry. I loved sitting and knitting and spinning with Kathleen, Sara, Adrienne, Krista, Wonder Mike and Hizknits from Yknit. (If you haven't listened to their latest episode which is an interview with Lucy Neatby, what are you waiting for?) I met a lot of people from Ravelry whom I can't mention by name because I'm absolutely terrible about remembering names.

Here is the rest of the stash acquisition from yesterday.
A Verb for Keeping Warm 100 % Finn 100% Finn in Indigo Dip from A Verb for Keeping Warm.
A Verb for Keeping Warm 80 merino 20 silk 80 merino 20 silk in Headlands from A Verb for Keeping Warm.
Pigeonroof Studios superwash merino Superwash merino in Pink Cady from Pigeonroof Studios.
Pigeonroof Studios superwash merino Superwash merino in Harlequin from Pigeonroof Studios.

I also bought the sweetest stitch markers from Girl on the Rocks and forgot to take a picture.

Just in case it looks as if I've done nothing but add to my stash, I present last week's spinning project: 268 yards of 80 merino 20 silk dyed with logwood grey from Tactile Fiber Arts.
Tactile Fiber Arts 80 merino 20 silk

Ada update: less than 20 rows to knit before I'm finished with both sleeves!


Peg said...

Missed you yesterday. I didn't sign up for any classes. but bought wonderful stitch markers and woven chicken ornaments. Chatted with Kristine.

KatDee said...

You got the Finn from Kristine! I'm a little bit jealous. :)