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Spinning At the Winery

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Shaggy Bear Farms (Ravelry Link) : Lovely colors, wool/silk blends, and breed specific spinning fiber

 

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Red Creek Farm : Naturally dyed yarns/fibers (gorgeous colors!) and breed specific spinning fiber
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Ewe and Me 2 : Breed specific spinning fibers
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Meridian Jacobs : Local Jacob sheep wool yarn and fibers
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Meridian Jacobs : The owner also teaches weaving (Hmm, thinking about it)
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Meridian Jacobs : Gorgeous natural sheep-y colors
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Carolina Homespun : All the spinning and knitting supplies you could possible ask for
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Dreamy Goat Design Studio : Perfectly naturally dyed spinning fibers
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Pan’s Garden (Ravelry Link) : Fun handspun art yarns
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Pan’s Garden (Ravelry Link) : Beautifully dyed art batts for spinning
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Pan’s Garden (Ravelry Link) : And art weavings, too!
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Pan’s Garden (Ravelry Link) : Super rare breed fibers! Manx Loaghtan and Zwarbles are names I recognized from when I visited the UK (both very hard-to-find fibers)
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Chasing Rainbows Dyeworks : Table of lusciousness (wool/bamboo blends)

The highlight of the event for me was Morro Fleece Works.

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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.

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Morro Fleece Works

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).

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