It has been a whirlwind week at Chez MOW.
We've fit more of just about everything into these 7 days than I usually fit
into a month. I love it. It's a fiber fueled binge and the neighbors are
ready to call the authorities.
I won't say "the highlight of the week" because
I think it's all been fun in a myriad of ways, but one of the best photographically
documented events has been our trip to the Santa
Monica Fiber Festival.
Now, many of we yarnly types think of "fiber" as being roving and fleece and
perhaps some handspun, and, boy oh boy, the best of that was available. But
this fiber festival featured fabrics, beads, buttons, and antique goodness
Sure, there were some kittens and koy* but
for every bit of questionably
kitsch, there’s a great deal more of wallet emptying temptation.
The organizers (no fools were they)
knew what they were doing and placed some baby alpacas at the entrance.
not particularly gaga over livestock but these guys are pretty darn cute. Julia and
I then went in for a quick first pass and some lunch.
A little side story, because I know she won't tell you herself.
As we were eating our french fries..er...I mean...organic rolled oats, we
away at the small area set aside for such goings on. As we prattled on about
what we wanted to see, what we planned to buy and which wheels we hoped to
spin on, from behind me, came the sweetest "excuse me." A woman was trying
to get Julia's attention. "Excuse me." She said, one more time "Are you a model?" As
Julia decided if she could hug the woman while simultaneous spitting her food
out and laughing, the woman persisted. "Don't you model knitwear?" Now, of
course, I think Julia is plenty lovely enough to model, but one can't help
but admire a complement like that. Further discussion revealed
that the woman had seen Julia's various knitwear designs online,
and presumed her role as "model" was paid and as opposed to practical.
After our highly nutritious lunch, we began our official trek through the festival.
I knew my little shawl would
be there, and we found it in no time. Despite knowing full well it’d be on display,
I couldn’t help but be pleased beyond reason to see her there.
stood among some of the most breath taking pieces. The photos submitted to Spindlicity just
didn't do them justice.
After that, it was two circuits of the vendors and
then a long break to spin, gab and spin some more. If this were a night on
at this point in the story, Julia and I would be crawling into Denny's at
4AM, makeup streaming down our faces, nylons ripped and at least one high heel
We were just about ready to pass out, but we couldn't bring ourselves to
stop. We kept running into people we knew and things to see. We knew we were
when we finally found Miss
Andrea walking around with her sister. So pulling out one of my purchases,
a decadent 2 ounces of Merino and Silk roving, I decided to start spinning.
See Marnie spin.
Spin, Marnie, spin!
And let me tell you, I didn't stop until yesterday morning. This stuff spun
like it didn't even need me there. The results? 72 yards of 2 ply yarn on my
brand new niddy noddy. Did I mention I bought a niddy noddy? No? Well I did
and I’m smitten.
yarn is about a DK to a light worsted weight and spun on my 1.9
ounce Golding Celtic Ring. And if the color and fiber composition weren't
yummy enough, how's this for a little balance?
That is right off the niddy noddy. This yarn hasn't seen water yet. I'm so
As you can see, it's fairly loosly spun which I find easier to keep balanced.
It was hard not to keep this yarn as singles because they looked so beautiful,
but I knew I'd be unlikely to knit with singles, and I want to make sure I
actually use this handspun
Oh and while I was at the festival, I may have also tried myself a wheel.
And it just so happens that I love it and that it maches my new niddy noddy.
I was thinking I might get myself the entry level model for Christmas, but
more and more I'm thinking that what I want to do is save up for the super
fabby model instead. As Julia says, in an entirely believable and reasonable
sounding manner "If you get the good one, you won't need to upgrade later,
then you'll only need one wheel ever."
You heard it here first, folks.That's my plan; one wheel, monogomous relationship
for life. No really, I mean it.
will make more sense if Julia posts
some of her aquisitions.