Ah, blog. I have not been giving you much attention lately, have I?
I started an exciting new job (more info later on) two months ago, and I have been gradually settling into the new full-time schedule. I’m loving the job so far, but, you know, I’m still working on the whole life/work balance thing.
This weekend, I had the chance to do something that I’ve really been wanting to do: to attend the annual Spinning at the Winery event, hosted by the Treadles to Threads Guild. I really wanted to go to the event last year, but other life things got in the way.
This was the Treadles and Threads Guild’s 20th winery event, and they did a wonderful job putting together a welcoming fiber-full, packed, yet still intimate gathering. There were about a dozen fiber and yarn vendors set up around the Retzlaff Vineyards grounds, some local and some from further north or south on the coast.
There were lawn chairs and some tents set up where folks could sit with their friends or new acquaintances to spin, knit, and chat the afternoon away.
This was the first official spinning event that I’ve ever attended. It was really neat to see the variety of spinning wheels people brought with them.
It’s inspired me to start thinking about the kind of wheel I’d like to eventually have. I’m still spinning on my spindles and kick spindle at home, which I am really enjoying and getting better at, but I know I would eventually like to add a wheel to my arsenal.
I tried my luck at the amazing raffle prizes, which included fibers and a couple of spinning wheels, but the prizes went home to other lucky attendees. Ah, well. Maybe next time.
The weather was beautiful. “Delicious” was the word Danny used. I spent the afternoon knitting, eating home cooked food and baked goods (everyone brought potluck dishes), and sharing a glass of wine with Danny. I also took my time to peruse the vendors, but I behaved myself quite well. No new yarn or fiber acquisitions, but I did come away with a nifty little WPI (Wraps Per Inch) Tool from Carolina Homespun.
Here were some of my favorite vendors at the event.
The highlight of the event for me was Morro Fleece Works.
Last year, I received a Black Welsh Mountain fleece as a trade for crocheting a bag an acquaintance. This past March I dropped the fleece off at Morro Fleece Works in Morro Bay, CA on our way back from a wedding in Southern California. I originally asked for it to be processed into roving to spin, but Shari, the owner, discovered that the fleece was old and too brittle. So, I asked if she could card and felt it instead, which she was able to do, and I was able to pick the felt up from her at this event. I’m not quite sure what I am going to do with the felt fabric yet. I’m thinking maybe a bag or two. The fabric measures about 3 foot by 4 foot.
Morro Fleece Works was a real joy to deal with, and I will definitely be bringing wool to them in the future.
Speaking of wool mills. Here’s an update I haven’t mentioned in a while. You may remember that I dropped off six raw sheep fleeces to be spun into yarn at Yolo Wool Mill last year. Unfortunately, I recently found out that the mill is closing permanently. I have finally been in touch with them and they are working on getting all of their back orders returned to their customers. It is still uncertain whether the fleeces I brought in have been processed or not. They said that they will get back to me. I am hugely disappointed in so many ways. To lose another local wool mill is disheartening. I will have to keep my eyes peeled for other options for yarn mills. Updates to come (hopefully).