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Tuesday
Apr232013

Nine At One Time!

I'm feeling rather "Brave Little Tailor" about myself after this Saturday at the All MO Spin In because I taught my first class en masse, which for me was 9 people at a time. *No eating of jam or killing of giants was involved and I didn't end up marrying a princess, which is great news for Mr. Yarn Geek.*

I taught the class 3 times in a row. By the last time I was getting into a rhythm and thing started progressing nicely. This is a picture of the last class where all the "maybes" on the class form decided to show up at once and our little circle expanded.

 

The class was all about spinning what some call "Bubble Yarn". I just call it thick and thin, but the thick sections are extremely thick and the thin sections are pretty thin. We spent a goodly amount of the allotted thirty minutes going over the actual spinning technique and a few minutes at the end playing with the possibilities for mixing colors together while drafting.



It really was an intermediate spinning class, but it didn't stop a few really new spinners from signing up, and for the most part, they did well. I think the class was a success, but if I ever teach it again it would be nice to have an hour to teach it in. It would also have been great to have a less noisy area, but we all did the best we could and a lovely time was had by all.

Sunday
Mar242013

Fiberpalooza and Finger Puppets

Mr Yarn Geek decided to have a little fun with some finger puppets I purchased only moments before.

That Mr. Yarn Geek is so silly.

I present to you, an alpaca eye view of our booth at Heartland Fiberpalooza 2013

Friday
Mar222013

Heartland Fiberpalooza Saturday 23, 2013

How is it Fiberpalooza time again? Time flies when we are having fun, and fun we have been having. It's the time of year when we revisit the show that kicked us off as vendors. (Sometimes we joke that Fiberpalooza deflowered us, we were Vendor Virgins before then.) Click the link for directions to the event. We look forward to seeing you all there tomorrow.

Let's take a look back at that first show shall we?

Aw, don't I look cute there, hiding behind all the fiber? Quite a bit has changed since then, in fact, little is the same. It might be a shorter list the state what is still original. We ditched the stands the fiber is hanging on because people kept tripping over the bases. We have our own table now, which we may, or may not use. We have tableclothes that fit. We have gone to gridwall and twirly racks. (I'm sure that's the official name for them) We decided to start using wrap bands to keep the fiber nice for longer. The famous, or infamous, "Fiber Candy" has mostly gone. (For the last time people, it's not edible!) I can't help but notice how clean my Fricke wheel looks here. It was just a baby, but has done well with all the travel these past few years. It has a name now too, Wheel Wheaton.

OK, now let's flash forward to last weekend.

Oh, yes, I forgot about the banner. We are still trying to work out how to hang it effectively inside, but we'll get it right. It worked better in Chicago last year. I'm pretty happy with this, but this weekend I think the fiber will be on the grids and the yarn will be on the twirly thingys.

I'm still slowly learning to count back change correctly, so be patient with me. Someday it will come as easily to me as dyeing fiber does.

See the table cloth hiding the boxes? That was on my mother's kitchen table when I was growing up. We had curtains to match, and light green walls. That fabric is one of my favorite fabrics and it explains some of my color choices now doesn't it?

Friday
Aug312012

World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival This Weekend

Come join us this weekend at the World Sheep and Fiber Arts Festival in Bethel, MO. Click on the link to view a schedule which includes such events as Mutton Busting, Fiber Arts Competition, Sheep to Shawl Competition and even a Spin-In after the booths close up shop on Saturday. Mr. Yarn Geek and I had a lovely time last year and expect the same this year. The festival will go on, rain or shine, all weekend.

I've been busy dyeing up scads of fiber in the secret lair, in fact I've been so busy poor Mr. Yarn Geek hasn't had a decent home-cooked meal all week. There would be no place to eat it anyway because our kitchen table runneth over, so to speak.

On the left you can see our brand spankin' new custom blend of combed top. It is 75% Superwash Blue Faced Leicester, 12.5% Nylon and 12.5% Cashmere. Yes, real Cashmere, not the fake stuff. It feels divine, and the best part is, you won't have to baby it. If that isn't awesome, I don't know what is. Another new thing for us are the Mulberry Silk Hankies, which I have started to dye to match our existing colorways. All this and more could be yours at the festival. We look forward to seeing you all there!

Friday
Aug102012

We Were (Almost) Blown Away!

Last weekend we vended at the Chaplin Creek Fiber Fair and survived our first brush with inclement weather in our tent vending lives. Saturday was pleasant enough, slightly hot, but breezy. Around 2pm the organizers came around with word we might be on the receiving end of a storm. “It might miss us.” was the terminology I think. Anyway, Mr. Yarn Geek went out to get some more substantial tent pegs just in case. By 2:30 we had word, “Uhm, there might be hail”. Nice…

By the time Mr. Yarn Geek got back, the winds had kicked up and I had moved all our displays to the middle of the tent in preparations to drop the top down over them. I had him move our trailer around to the side of the tent to serve as a wind block. He started driving in tent pegs. 3 pegs and 5 minutes later it started raining and 2 minutes later he was holding on to the top of our tent to keep it from blowing away as I frantically threw everything I could into totes. Buckets of rain, thunder, lightening, gale force winds and lots of shouting and naughty words happened next and kept up for the next 10 minutes. We were soaked, but most of our fiber was saved. Only things shredded were one of our tent sides (a 5 inch rip) and my dignity when my skirt got so heavy with rain it was threatening to fall off and I decided to just step out of it. (Good thing I wore those shorts under it.) Uhm, no pictures of that for you all, heh.

The family next to us was not as lucky as we were. Fluffington Farms had to dry out just about everything laying out on her tables. We were so busy trying to secure our tent, we didn’t even see when the roof of their tent blew off. (That explained a lot of the shouting over there.) Thankfully, everything in her huge hutch was pretty much untouched by all forces watery. The rain only lasted about half an hour, so we decided to return after drying off and dinner to check on everything. The tent really needed drying out, so it just got opened up for a few hours. Jordan (the Fluffington Farms mastermind) made impromptu drying racks out of some of our grid panels, and some crates we found in the garden. I had just bought 2 small box fans, and they came in rather handy with the drying. By morning, most of her fibers were tolerably non-moist.

Sunday was the most gorgeous day one could hope for. Clear skies, breezy without being windy and most importantly, not muggy. Also, we found out where the organizers were hiding the homemade pie. Pie makes everything all better.

 

 

Speaking of pie, I made a (Mostly) No Bake Lemon Cream Pie with a pint of blueberries mixed in last Tuesday. It was delicious.