This has been a big week on the fiber front. I'm exhausted and giddy and I spent too much money, but there's no real remorse.
Monday was the big opening registration day for the Madrona Fiber Arts festival. Last year this time I wasn't really in the loop on the whole fiber event world and didn't hear about it until long after classes were sold out. So this year I got on the mailing list and prepared myself to leap on some classes. (Especially after how much fun I had at Nordic Knitting)
Two weeks ago they posted the schedule so we could decide on classes ahead of time, and my goodness was that a good thing as the online reg. system had broken down by 8:15. I, however, was waiting like a vulture at 7:55 so I managed to snag all of the classes I wanted.
I'm registered for Mittens from Rovaniemi, Kauni Hats & a session with the Yarn Harlot. This is two full days of classes. I'm so dorkily exicted to try my hand at that mitten technique. 11 color intarsia in the round on size 000 needles, w00t. I'm also signed up for the Banquet on Saturday night, and even though this is pretty local to me (Tacoma, WA) I'm going to get a hotel room for Friday night so I can hang out in the bar and knit that night. :)
And if this wasn't enough fibery goodness, we got our quarterly profit sharing at work on Wednesday and before the money could even stretch it's legs I ordered a spinning wheel. Eeeep! I'm so excited about this. It's the complete Lendrum DT package from Woodland Woolworks in Oregon. This is the same model that my friend Mary has and I just love spinning on it. It's so giddily fast compared to the spindle spinning I'm used to.
In celebration of the wheel I spent three hours yesterday finishing up the pink and brown Merino/BFL yarn that's been languishing in my spinning basket for the last couple of weeks.
Excuse the crappy picture, I'll post some nice ones when I've got it all washed and set and we have a dry enough spell to take a picture outside.
I also snapped a picture of Grandma's first sleeve this morning, with equally bad lighting. The cables actually really pop on this, it's just impossible to capture with a flash ;)