Saturday, April 22, 2006

Guild Meeting

Today I attended my second meeting of the Ventura County Handspinners and Weaver's Guild. It was a lot of fun. There are such a variety of people from all ages and backgrounds, and everyone is so nice. I'm so shy, I was afraid I might huddle in a corner, but everyone was so friendly, and my curiosity overcame my shyness. I shared my pink yarn and got very pleasing reviews. The speaker was a little over my head, as I barely know the difference between warp and weft. She spoke about tapestry weaving throughout history and had a wonderful slide show to illustrate. Then she showed some of her own work which was incredibly detailed. The shading from color to color was amazing, truly art.

The most inspiring part however was seeing and learning about two spinning wheels. One was an antique castle style wheel that was just lovely, very elegant and beautiful to look at. The other was a Majacraft Rose which I am totally enamored with. It's so versatile, compact, quiet and pleasing to the eye. I must have one!

After the meeting I detoured on the way home to visit Anacapa Fine Yarns in Ventura. Here's my haul. I finally scored some Noro Silk Garden at 20% off. Picked up some much needed knitting needles. I've been hankering to try a knitted lace shawl of some sort, which is probably going to be way over my head, as my knitting skills are beginner at best. But I'm going to try this:
the Fishtail Lace Scarf. I'm using the alpaca I bought on Ebay, and my brand spanking new size 6 Crystal Palace Bamboo needles. So far it doesn't seem too difficult, but then, I've only done one repeat. We'll see how it progresses.
On the spinning front, I've spun a fair amount of that wonderful silk roving I started Thursday night. I continue to be loving it. I just can't wait to see the finished product. I have no idea what I'll do with it when it's done; maybe just put it in a bowl and gaze at it. I've had to be very strict with myself and threaten punishment in order not to give in to the desire to buy more in all those lovely colors available at Blue Ridge Silk Works. Gorgeous!

I have a few other works in progress but suddenly realized that I can't publish info on them as they're gifts for people who might have occasion to look at the blog. Duh! So I'll have to catalogue those elsewhere.

I'm off to try one more repeat before bed. Good Night!

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