Monday, October 22, 2007

Moo Cards Arrive!

At Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF) a number of the bloggers has half size calling cards called Moo Cards.

I was entranced by them and finally got mine the other day.

On the Moo Card website, you can upload your own photos, crop them to the card's size and then have 6 lines of printed info on the other side.

I love mine - lot's of fibery goodness on them. Can't go wrong for $25 bucks (total with shipping).

Now I need to get one of the little carrying cases I saw...

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Fibers Through Time 2008 - Registration Opens

Whew! After a lot of hard work by a number of people, the registration information is now available for Fibers Through Time 2008. Presented by the Arizona Federation of Weaving and Spinning Guilds in April 2008.

Please take a look at the workshop information. The vendor info is not on the website yet, but from what I heard yesterday, it promises to be a great selection.

I am the registrar, if you have any questions please let me know and I will do what I can to help.

I'm very excited - our theme this conference is "Connections to the Past" and it promises to be a lot of fun.

April in Arizona is one of the best times to come - I hope to see you then.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

New Learning Opportunity

At Oregon Flock and Fiber Festival (OFFF), Morgaine of Carolina Homespun let me know about a conference they were pulling together for 2008. At SOAR, she finally gave me the rest of the details. Here they are from the handout she gave. I am SO going to do this one next year.

Golden Gate Fiber Institute Summer Intensive
July 28 -August 3, 2008

Join us for the first meeting of the Golden Gate Fiber Institute. We have great teachers, a beautiful location, fabulous food and the Pacific Ocean at our door step!

The retreat will be 6 days of instruction. The classes are intensive and each student will take two classes. One in the morning and one in the afternoon. Our hope is that by dividing up the day and spending some time with 2 different subjects we will be giving your mind and body time to learn and absorb all the new information and techniques.

Just imagine spending the morning (or afternoon) learning about Estonian lace knitting with Nancy Bush, spinning ancient fibers in new forms with Judith Mackenzie McCuin or Weaving cut silk pile with Sara Lamb and the rest of the day learning about natural dye with Darlene Hayes, freeform crochet and knitting with Myra Wood, or felting with Loyce Ericson.

This is a small retreat in a relaxed atmosphere with lots of time to learn and practice, walk for exercise and inspiration and enjoy your fellow fiber folk. The classes are small to maximize your learning opportunity and provide plenty of individual attention.

The retreat facility is rustic but the location is fantastic! We will be using the YMCA Camp at Point Bonita Lighthouse in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The facility is an old military base set amidst the beauty of the California coast just 5 minutes north of the Golden Gate Bridge. If the accommodations are rustic the food is not! The chef is a graduate of the California Culinary Academy and does a magnificent job of providing for a variety of special food needs while making the overall dining experience a pleasure. Visit their website to see more about the camp.

Registration opens Dec 1, 2007

I don't have the total handy - but it was between $800 - $900 - that's a great deal for 6 days of workshops + food + lodging. OK, I am definitely going to this one next year. Any one going to join me?

Monday, October 15, 2007

Last day – Leaving SOAR…

It’s bittersweet on the last day. I am eager to get home to my family, but sad to leave the friendships I have made in the past few days. I always find that leaving SOAR and other immersion type of events and returning to ordinary life is hard for me. I don't return to work refreshed and ready to get busy. I almost resent work for taking me away from what I really want to be doing, instead of being grateful that what I do for a living provides the ability to go and do these things.

Shanty Creek is a beautiful setting - the leaves are turning colors that I rarely get to see in Arizona. The morning mist rising from the water this morning was so peaceful. I wish that I lived in a place that had the seasons so clearly delineated. I slept with the windows wide open and snuggled under the covers. On the last night I even wore my socks to bed to keep my feet warm - yum!

I took four classes during the retreat – Spinning for Lace with Margaret Stowe, Getting the Most Out of Hand Held Combs with Robin Russo, Kitchen Sink Batts with Janel Laidman and a great entrelac class with Kathryn Alexander - the name of which escapes me right now.

I learned a great deal in each class – not necessarily what I expected to learn, but valuable in any case. The staff of Interweave, and the Spin Off group in particular are once again to be commended in putting together an event that I will remember.

The best parts were seeing friends made during previous SOAR’s like Janel of Chameleon Colorworks and Spindlicity Magazine, Shirley of Lambspun, and Morgaine of Carolina Homespun; and then making a couple of wonderful new friends. I feel that I met a couple of kindred spirits in Connie and Steve of Spindlewood Spindles. I met them my first night there at dinner and we became instant friends. Their generosity of heart was appealing from the start and over the few days that we spent together, I felt like we were old friends reconnecting after a long time apart.

Funny that I make friends more easily with people who are vendors than participants, hmmm, I wonder why that is?

I also met Abby, I have been reading her blog for some time now and it’s cool to put a face with the name. She was very nice – down to earth and friendly. I ran into Stephanie a couple of times, got some good pictures with her and Janel in them from the panel discussion on Sunday morning.

Well, my bags are packed and the shuttle is on it's way. I'll spend all day traveling and be wiped out tonight.

(posted Monday - written Sunday)

Friday, October 12, 2007

SOAR 2007 - Day one

It feels strange to be blogging about SOAR when I haven't written anything up about OFFF from last month, but here goes anyway.

I arrived on Wednesday - I have only attended the retreat portion of SOAR so far and this year is no different. I like to get here the day before check in so that I am already settled in and know my way around when the market opens Thursday Mornings. Yes, one of the major draws for me is the shopping. Now that I know that the number of vendors here is is much less than OFFF or other major fiber festivals - I think the shopping will be a much less important part of the trip.

Actually that is exactly what happened yesterday. All day to shop the market and I came away with much less than ever before. I bought a couple of spindles, two more bobbins for the WW on my Gem, a couple of small doo dads and only two rovings. That's right - only two. One of them was one of the gorgeous Cashmere/silk dyed rovings that I got from Carolina Homespun at OFFF. Perhaps now that I have two of them, I may work up my courage to actually spin one.

I met some wonderful people at dinner Wednesday evening. Connie and Steve from Spindlewood Spindles. Steve makes square spindles and they are gorgeous. He and I talked about custom spindles so now I have to ask D's son if he still has any of that Koa wood that we sent him from Hawaii.

I've run into Janel, Patty and Morgaine - so nice to see people again from last year. Stephanie and I have bumped into each other a couple of times also. Last night I was in line to use the ladies room and she was struggling with the latch on the stall she was in. I told her that it would be on the internet by morning and here it is.....

I was able to sign up for all the classes I want and will actually take my camera with me today so that my next post may have photos.

It's nice and cool here, I get to wear my sock and my shawls. Yippee.