Friday, October 30, 2009

Rounding the Bend

soar snow

It's hard to believe that our week here is closing in on the end, it always goes so quickly.

The workshops are done, the market has opened, the retreat participants have arrived and some workshop participants are gone. The whirlwind that is the retreat begins today.

There has been all sorts of weather from bright sunny crisp days to fog, rain, and brief snowfalls. The weather makes it all truly seem like an Autumn retreat, and we've been able to pull out the mittens, hats, scarves, and sweaters knitted and woven in beautiful handspun yarns.

Each crisp morning starts with a fire and a cup of tea, and each evening ends with long conversations over a glass of wine or a brew. Thus braced against the cold, surrounded by friends, knitting away into the evening....who could ask for more?

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Eastern Oregon

oregon trees2
Golden trees on our drive up through Eastern Oregon.

We arrived yesterday, amid a flurry of SOAR attendees, and settled in to our accommodations. Many hugs, shouts of joy and recognition were heard throughout the day today. Introductions were tonight, slides and then a delicious dinner, portent of things to come.

The actual work (heh!) all begins tomorrow in earnest.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Last Gasp

There is still much to do,but now I am up to the *packing clothing* part of the process.

Odd, how I leave the clothing for last. I make clothing. You'd think it would be the first thing I fuss over and pack. But no, it is the class supplies, samples, handouts and tools that get the most attention. I know my life will go smoothly if I have everything I need. I can look like the wrath of dog, but people need to be happy with their class.

So, to a few last things:
auction box

This is a box of reeled silk and cotton yarns, a copy of my book, and a few tools. It is a donation to the auction at SOAR, all of the yarns and tools one would need to make the bag on the cover.

It took a bit of wrangling to get all that reeled silk yarn into a form that I could transport, and that someone else can unwind safely. Yikes! reeled silk is slippy. Spun silk, which I am more familiar with, is less of a struggle. But reeled silk has that glow, that shine.....

And this week, of all the weeks, came my shipment of books:
books ready to sign

If you have ordered a signed book from me, it is in the mail today:
boxes ready to ship

There is still time to order, until the end of November. Retail stores are starting to get their shipments, and we all know the need to support our local yarn and books shops! Terms are the same as in this post, $24.95 and free shipping in the US. Foreign shipping fees are listed in the above referenced post. Here is the Paypal link again:


I'll try to post photos of SOAR again this year: I won't guarantee every day, but some days there will be more than one. Until then, I am off on a road trip!

Bing! The washer's done. Into the dryer, into the suitcase, and out the door.

Monday, October 19, 2009


shawl pic1

A quick post, a place holder really, but one with a photo!

It's a mad rush to get everything finished, printed, packed and ready for this weekend: SOAR looms (heh).

This little shawl, scarf really, is cobbled together patterns from instructions in this book, yarn from Yarn Chef, see this post.

The cobbling together is interesting to think about, not so much to look at (save for the pretty colors in the yarn) and not very hard to do. I vote for more complex patterns than these in my future, though, like some of the others from author Evelyn Clark, or those from Dorothy Seimens of Fiddlesticks or Anne Hanson of Knitspot, both of whom I want to be when I grow up.

If I were a knitter, of course.

Later. Samples await. Handouts to print, laundry to do. You get the picture (literally :).

Friday, October 02, 2009

From Hand to Hand to Hand

I received a skein of handspun yarn a few months ago, and started this hat:


The yarn is luscious, thick and warm, and was a delight to knit with. The hat is done now, and ready for the cold weather soon to come. Spinner Nancy (Ravelry link) agreed with me that the hat will make a fine addition to the Scholarship Auction at SOAR, soon to be held in Sun River Oregon.

If you have a need for a warm, cushy textured winter hat, or know someone who does, this will be a chance to bid on one.

The auction funds go toward scholarships for people who would not otherwise be able to make it to SOAR. I have met some of the best people as scholarship students. In this time of shrinking budgets, I'm happy to help enable someone to come and join us(as was Nancy, and in fact Claudia, whose MS fundraiser started this whole thing).

So hats off!, and here's hoping this one finds a happy new owner: