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Monday, October 11, 2004
Like a kid in a candy store
Halcyon had their yearly sale over the weekend.
Do I need to say more?
Demonstrations, things to play with, people to talk to and fiber everywhere.
My main need to go was to get a set of combs. The ones I chose are Valkyrie double rows. Not exactly cheap but I like them. I've been playing with them off and on all weekend so I'm starting to get the hang of them and I have very few neps. I haven't started to spin the fiber yet but soon.
I grabbed a couple skeins of sock yarn and then headed into the room of demonstrations. Its the room where they hold classes. Firstly I looked at the looms and got to play with a floor loom. I think I'm going to like weaving if I ever get a loom. I think I want a Kromski Rigid Heddle loom.
As I was playing with the loom I was getting hypnotized by Michael working on Kumihimo rope braiding. It really was hypnotic. I'm not sure its something I want to do especially since I really want to weave and hook rugs but I loved watching it. It's a beautiful artform.
Then as I was looking at all the sale yarns I ran into Melissa of Loose Ends. It was nice to finally meet her and we ended up talking for a long time and eventually got into natural dying. I have played a little with mushrooms and bark but nothing exciting and nothing recently. I'm looking forward to working with the indigo that Ann gave me. While talking about that we drew the attention of Penelope who had some gorgeous indigo dyed fleece and some yarn that she spun from madder root. Let me just say that I am now planning my gardens to include lots of plants for dying.
I grabbed a couple more skeins of sock yarn. Then as I was trying to leave for the checkout, I was faced with the needle felting table. I can't help it, I want to do it. So I grabbed a starter set of needles and chatted with Marianne who teaches felting at Halcyon. I'm thinking of taking her class in felted Xmas ornaments. In the meantime I wanted to try and make those silly little pumpkins from the last Spin off.
It's small but I did it. I didn't have much orange wool so I've now dyed more and as soon as its dry I will be sitting here poking the hell out of