Whew! Got home last night a few minutes before midnight from my two week Fiber Odyssey. I really didn’t plan on driving all the way home yesterday, but by the time I got tired I was too close to stop. And honestly it will be better for work having today to recover.
First event on the trip was a 3 day (in 2.5 days) Design Your Own Fair Isle Sweater class from Feral Knitter. If I were to rank every workshop I’ve taken, this one would be at the top of the list. In a class by itself. It was AWESOME.
I started with this photo as my inspiration.
Worked my way through some different color things.
And landed on a color progression I’m happy with.
I’m still working on the swatch of pattern to see exactly how they’re laying out. I’ve got a general idea what I want, but haven’t nailed it down yet.
That ended at noon on Thursday, and that afternoon all the rest of the campers arrived. I don’t know if it was because I’d already been there a while, or if it was my roomie, or if the stars were just aligned right, but I think I enjoyed this camp the most of all I’ve been to. It just felt really good to be there. Got to know several people better, which was great. Didn’t worry about trying to document everything. Just enjoyed.
Camp ended Sunday afternoon, and Monday I headed south for Nashville. I got there mid day Tuesday and checked in to the Scarritt Bennett Center. What a lovely place! A few of us got there early, but most people arrived Wednesday afternoon. Had a spinning class with Jacey Boggs on Thursday and it was great. She’s really funny, and knows her shit. I’m excited to work on some of the skills she taught us. And I hope to find a way to build a friendship – she was one of those people I immediately thought “kindred spirit” about.
Had a photography class on Friday and hopefully it will help with some of the issues I have taking shots of the colors I’m most drawn to. We didn’t really cover what I needed but at least I know where to start now. Denise and Chris arrived Friday afternoon and we had pizza that night. Was really good.
Saturday was market.
I thought I did better than last year. Then I realized the receipt from Fiber Optic wasn’t in my email. Oops. But baby I got some GOOD stuff.
The four balls of fiber at the top I got on Camp market day. Three are from Hidden Valley Farms, and one from Briar Rose. The unwrapped small bit is half of the goodie bag fiber at SSK. It’s BFL from Into the Whirled and I’ve spun almost half of it. VERY nice stuff. I’m really looking forward to spinning on all this stuff.
Speaking of spinning, I (sort of) finished the Two If By Hand I was working on before I left. I got it at DFW last year. It’s a three ply and my intention is socks.
It’s really interesting how one skein looks much redder than the other. I have decided I’m going to run it back through the wheel and tighten up the ply a bit more. Socks need a pretty tight twist to hold up. It’s 8 ounces and around 660 yards. Not a fingering weight, but not bad for a three ply either.
I also got some great bags.
The top left bag and the one below it are from Camp and SSK, the rest I bought. As you can see there are two more styles out of the bra fabric. I just love that stuff. The guitar (SSK special) and Dr Who bags are Tangerine Designs, and of course I had to have another Quote Tote from Schoolhouse.
Crackhead was pretty happy to see me, but he’s settled down now.
Got stitch markers too.
The ones on the card are locally made in Nashville. The Schoolhouse Press logo ones are from Jennie the Potter, and the SSK one was in the goodie bag.
I did start the tam from Camp. Meg brings us one every year, but this is the first time I’ve actually started it.
And finally, yarn.
The upper left is from Briar Rose. The three skeins below it are for the Stranded Surprise Jacket (scroll a bit to find it) and were a planned purchase. I just wanted to see the colors before I tried to choose. One hank is a door prize, and one is the goodie bag yarn.
All in all it was a fabulous trip. I’m pretty tired today, but should be ready to take on work tomorrow.