Friday, October 26, 2012

Retreat Day One


Another sunny, and warmer day.

Retreat days are a blur, busy and long, despite shorter classes. May I be honest and say that I am less than enchanted with 3 hour seminars, ever???

They work as short introductions about a new subject, as a place to learn one quick technique, as a place try a new fiber. They are brain-frying, to teach and, I think, to attend.

But now the shadows are long, the scotch is poured, the feet are up, and the evening festivities begin!

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Day Off

Thursday is a variable day at SOAR, some classes, the gallery is open, and the vendors are open! I fell down at the Fiber Optic booth:
Fiber optics

And Deb fell down at Opulent Fibers:
Opulent fiber

We had a spa day and lunch out at the lake. It is beautiful out now:


We came back and visited with friends, some from home who traveled up for the market, and lots who have been here all week with us. We are getting ready for dinner and the evening program: Deb Robson.

I love my life.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Day 3!

Soar day3

Snow again, melting and refreezing, we have icicles everywhere!

We are spinning, and weaving samples:
Sample silk and merino.



And! We have a Brand New Weaver:
Brand new weaver!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

SOAR Day Two

A new day, a new outlook!
SOAR day2

Still cold, more winter than Autumn, but we are warm, well fed, and happily bundled in woolens. This is the place to see and wear all those hand knits and handwovens we have brought!

A little girl and her Daddy having dinner on the train:
Jesse Marin train

Monday, October 22, 2012

SOAR Day One

SOAR Granlibakken day 1

Yes! Snow, wind, ice and slush.

Fear not we are warm inside, spinning, with good friends, hot chocolate, fires alight and good food! We don't have to leave for a week, so we are hunkering down.

Monday, October 15, 2012

A Few Figs From Thistles*

Oh Dear. Time Passes.Things have been spun:
dyed handspun yarns 003

Getting ready to ply:
dyed handspun yarns 008

Spun Again:
dyed handspun yarns 018

dyed handspun yarns 035

dyed handspun yarns 033

Autumn is coming:
dyed handspun yarns 030

More spinning in the spirit of the season:
dyed handspun yarns 038

And very little left!
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But soon! SOAR prep and a flurry of activity around visitors, both family and not. Soon. I will have more substance. For now:
women for Obama

Who can close the door on a cute baby out canvassing for votes with her Dad? With Cheerios.

*The title? Edna St. Vincent Millay. Despite prickles and sharpness all around, sweet fruit.