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I know it has been a great while since I posted to my site. I really have been so busy with a new grandchild, a new daughter-in-law, far too many fiber shows to visit and quite a few spinning classes. This is retirement for me. I certainly have knitted my share of projects in 2015. Last year was the year of the mittens. This year will be the year of many sweaters.
As I sit here, cannot believe that OFFF is actually over let alone that my vacation time is quickly coming to an end. By the phone calls I am receiving maybe taking all of October off might have been a bit much but when you read all I have done this month hopefully my students will understand and forgive my time off.
I was up at 4 am yesterday as we headed over the mountains to see the quilts in Sisters, Oregon. Of course they were beautiful and colorful. Kaffe would have loved them as I bet half of the quilts had Kaffe fabric as a major component. Unfortunately by 10:30 am the temp was heading towards 102 degrees.
I did walk pretty much the whole town with my walker pretty effortlessly thanks to my exercise bike I ride everyday. By noon the heat was unbearable. We hopped in the car and drove to Redmond where there was an indoor quilt show at the expo. It is always interesting to me the number of spinners vs quilters at these shows.
I saw several former spinning students, two with a booth selling gorgeous dyed wool for wool work quilting. Cathy and her daughter and actually her husband are all former students. Cathy is an incredible fabric dyer. If you run across her dyed wool you will see what I mean. She now offers shades of colors which could make a rainbow blush. I was very tempted but didn't get dyed wool yardage mainly because they are cut in small amounts for quilters and I need serious yardage for the sewing I do. Maybe I will do a special dye project with Cathy someday. She has extremely cool kits for quilts too. Cathy is at every quilt show she can attend all over the country.
Then I stopped by the booth that sells rug making supplies. I am also a rug puncher (not a hooker) and visited with Ulla. We are both involved with presenting at OFFF in September. She in the gallery, of course me teaching. We have lots of friends in common in the spinning world so it was fun to visit. I did buy a new bag kit from her. Hopefully I will have time to punch it out before OFFF. Yes I know, who am I kidding.
Heading home over beautiful Mt. Hood I arrived in time for dinner. I spent one hour at my wheel. How I don’t really know how as I was exhausted. The sun will rise here soon and I will take some progress pictures. I may just ply what I have today just to see if my ply plan will work. My ply plan is to ply in little buttons on to my yarn. I'll let you know how it comes out.
Well almost 4:00 am again. You might ask why am I up. Because I fell asleep for the night at 9:00 pm last night but I actually slept at my wheel for at least an hour before my hubby sent me off to bed. Now I have had lots of sleep for me. I may just go fix some coffee and spin watching the sun rise in Oregon. I can
always nap later today. With summer in full swing here the sun rise should be worth seeing. Enjoy your summer wherever you are. I'll see you in September at OFFF.
I have two shows coming up if you want to see my work. I am having a trunk show at Northwest Wools on August 1st from 1-4:30 and then 6-8:30. I will be there demonstrating spinning and the blending board. I will also have blending boards for sale should you want one. I will custom blend fibers for you as well that day so come one in and see what I do when I am not teaching. There will be some handspun yarns for sale as well.
The second show opens August 7 at the church/art Gallery next to the Portland Art museum. This is through the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild. My two favorite works of art will be displayed for all to see. My leaf coat and my new handspun sparkle jacket. I would love to have you see them and let me know what you think See you then.
Summer Spinning 2014
It is the end of May, 2014. Tomorrow we celebrate Bruce’s birthday. It seems as if the last six months have gone by without even a thought as to the time passing so quickly. A great deal has happened to me personally that has changed how I look at my life ahead.
In a very short time, I had a close friend find out he had cancer and much too quickly pass away. Without me even taking a moment to morn this loss, my beloved cairn terrier, Amy, suddenly had full renal failure. She too was gone before I had a chance to digest her illness. Six months later, her kennel still sits in our bedroom with the door open as if she will be home soon. Poor Wilson, my first cairn, misses his buddy too. Finally a second friend died recently after very short illness that has left me analyzing every thing I do. I have decided life is just too short to waste a single day doing anything I do not want to do or need to do.
My first step was to end my working as a bookkeeper/manager. I think I am just done arranging payments and tax returns. I am ready for a different life that is all about my family and my art. If that means I stay home more, cook more meals, see more of my family and create more art, then so be it.
I have made a commitment to continue offering my classes at Northwest Wools. With Linda Bering now retired a great deal has changed at my LYS. I have accepted the challenge to build up the spinning classes. This summer I am offering a Tuesday class form 1-3 pm. This is a class we are calling Summer Spinning Fun. The class will be open to spinners at all levels. I will teach both drop spindle and beginning spinning to those interested in learning. If you are already spinning but have questions, problems, or just want to learn more, then please sign up for this class. The class will cost $75.00 for four weeks of class in advance or $25.00 per week. Yes you do get one week free if you sign up and pay in advance. I do have wheels to rent at $10.00 per week should you need a wheel. I will provide all materials. As so many students have learned the hard way, properly prepared wool is the key to perfecting the spinning skills you need. I would love for you to join us this summer.
My regular beginning spinning class will be offered on Tuesday nights from 7-9 at Northwest Wools. I will be there to bring you the best beginning spinning class in town as you learn to spin on a spinning wheel, learn how to purchase, prepare and enjoy the many fibers available to spinners today. Included in this class are carding techniques and plying techniques. At the end of four weeks you should have a very good but broad level of spinning knowledge.
My spinning two class will continue to meet every second and third thursday each month at my house from 7-9 pm. You must know how to spin to join this class. I will offer advice and spinning knowledge as we go but this is a more informal class where you bring in your questions and interest and I do everything I can to give you the skills to create your own special yarn.
I am thinking of offering a day time spinning two class at my house. I understand there is possible interest in dyeing workshops, carding workshops, combing, exotics, raw wool preparation and felting. Please let me know if this interests you. I have the time now to offer these classes.
Finally, I set up a Ravelry page for me and my students and those just interested in spinning to join and share what you are making, answer any questions you might have, and just chat with other spinners. Please join Laurie Weinsoft Hanspinning and Felting on Ravelry. If you have already joined this group, please stop by and comment and join in the sharing. I really enjoy hearing from my students and friends.
Additional notes: PLY Magazine is re-printing the first issue. You can order it online. Check out PLY on Ravelry.
I think I am going to try and attend the Nordic Heritage Knitting conference in my old home town of Seattle in October. If you are there and you see me, please stop and say hello. I love seeing old students and friends as well as making new friends along the way.
See you all at Black Sheep. We are just a few short weeks away. We have been working hard here dyeing and washing wool for my classes. You lucky students are going to have so much fun and way too many wonderful choices to card.
I hope you all can follow your personal dreams. Have a great fibery summer. Laurie