I’m finding myself more and more pressed for time these days which is putting the blog on the back burner, much to my displeasure. I hope you’ll forgive me while I try and tread water through this last week of SOS (yes, last week, can you believe it?!) and prepare for a coming storm of which I will tell you more soon.
In the meantime, a million thank yous to the incomparable Tina for all of her hard work to make W.O.O.L. 2008 a roaring success! I was lucky enough to be able to participate for about half the time this year at the rustic Wiawaka retreat center and I’m quite glad I made it happen. The grounds were lovely:
And I’m sure for those that enjoy water, that was lovely too. These parasailers must have thought so!
The accommodations were definitely on the rustic side, but I think I’ve been spoiled a bit by Bassoon Camp. Still, they were more than adequate for what we were there for. I was so busy spinning and or knitting most of the time that I didn’t get many pictures, but here is the common room that we all gathered to work in during the evenings from above.
There was show and tell on Friday night which was really fun. Getting to see everyone’s projects and hear the stories behind some of them was really interesting. Saturday we did a silent auction to benefit the retreat center. I offered up a braid from my shop and came away with a huge bag of llama fleece! I was surprised to win. Not sure what I’ll do with it yet as it still needs to be cleaned, but there are ideas percolating. Nearly $200 was raised! Go us!
I was happy to hang out with old friends and meet some new ones while getting some time away. There is talk of something during the winter but if that doesn’t happen I’ll be happy to see you all again next summer!
While I was there I managed to finish this yarn:
Zarzuela’s Fibers BFL Sock – Roses in the Dark Colorway. I’m still deciding if I want to sell it or not. This was for the Ravelympics and is my third and final cross of the finish line (if I can ever get it posted on Ravelry!).
I also finished this:
Zarzuela’s Fibers Merino/Silk – Mint Julep Colorway. This is a new fiber for me to start carrying in the shop and I certainly couldn’t sell any until I tried it out myself! Luckily it was a lovely spin and I’ll be happy to start making it available when I can get it dyed. This skein may go up for sale as well if I can stand to part with it. It’s merino and silk people!! It’s a hard decision!
I was also able to get through another big chunk of spinning but didn’t come out with a finished yarn on the other end so we’ll save that for another day. However, I do want to share my 2nd Ravelympic finish with you although you may have already seen it:
Zarzuela’s Fibers Merino Handspun – DC Sunrise colorway (inspired by daily sunrise pictures posted by Wendy on Plurk), 660 yards, approximately fingering weight. I couldn’t be more proud of this yarn (and considering it took over 2 hours to ply alone I suppose I should be!) and the fact that Wendy is happy with it makes it even better. I can’t wait to see her shawl! Doing custom spinning orders is proving to be quite fun (interested? Leave a comment or convo me on etsy) and I have another in the works right now. It helps me let all the dyeing go out the door to new homes some days.
So for those of you keeping score, that means that I did not make the finish line with the socks. Would you believe that I finished them about 36 hours too late?! Ahhh well… the triumph is in the trying sometimes! Pictures of those soon along with the pair that I finished a mere 24 hours after that! Sheesh.
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