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First Knitting Retreat Jitters and a Bit About the Dam Anniversary

This weekend I get to try something completely different. I’m going to my first retreat, which will be the Knitting Pipeline Retreat. I was going to just go as a casual observer, but then ended up agreeing to vend on Saturday afternoon, so at least part of my trip may be paid for by the end. Mr. Yarn Geek is staying at home, so this will be the first time I manage everything by myself.

I was stressing a little bit about it but Paula (of Knitting Pipeline fame) has assured me the vendor market is a completely casual affair and if I dump all my stuff in the middle of the table it will be just fine. I'll still probably use the bins somewhat, but dragging in the grid wall is out of the question. Maybe I should just bring a tarp, pile all the fiber in the middle and fulfill that dragon sleeping on its stash fantasy I have. (Of course, I'm just kidding... or am I?)

The past few months have been a whirlwind of dyeing and packaging spinning fiber with a little bit of personal spinning sprinkled in. I really haven’t done much spinning of yarn for sale because most of you seem to want to spin your own yarn. I’m totally OK with that because I’d like to have the time to use some of my own hand spun yarn myself. If someone asks for custom spinning, that would still be fine though.


A few nights ago a neighbor told me about a local show in June promoting the 100th Anniversary of the Keokuk, IA Lock & Dam #19 Power Plant. It was the largest Lock and Dam on the Mississippi, and second longest in the World, for a while. Hugh L. Cooper, who built the Niagara Falls power plant came to Keokuk directly after that and then moved on the build the Hoover Dam. I didn’t know any of this, so that’s cool. All I know is in the winter it freezes above the Dam. Stories tell of a man who accidentally drove his truck off the Ft. Madison Bridge in Winter a while back and walked across to the other side for help. You can click the pictures and it will take you to more about Lock and Dam #19.

Anyway, I guess they are having a vendor market that weekend in the riverfront park next to the power plant and are expecting around 20,000 people to come through during that time. I need to get by the local bookstore to talk to the owner lady about more details, so we may be adding a date to our calendar in mid June.

Whelp, that’s about it for now. What’s going on in your world?