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Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Fantastic Fiber Retreat - Part I

This past weekend I went to Lancaster County, PA to attend a fabulous fiber retreat with a bunch of folks from the Lancaster Spinners and Weavers Guild as well as a few other interested parties. Luckily, the weather cooperated, so the drive both ways was picture perfect - sunny with no snow! I passed through some lovely pastoral scenery, rolling hills, and had great views partially frozen waterways and the bridge over the Susquehanna.

This year's retreat was held at the Bird-in-Hand Family Inn in Bird-in-Hand, PA. It's a lovely town nestled in amongst several farms - a very peaceful and serene setting. Right across the street from the motel was a horse farm....and more scenic farms down the road.

We all had a fantastic time! Tina, the organizer, did an absolutely fantastic job. Everything was perfect...right down to the last detail! There was even chocolate and door prizes!

Our group had the "Robin Room" as our "retreat room" and promptly filled it with various spinning wheels, fibers, and two tables of snacks. The room was right across from the indoor pool. Our breakfasts and dinner were at the on site restaurant, smorgasbord style. Lunches were sandwiches and some fabulous homemade soup (made by Tina). I must say that no one went hungry this weekend!

We ate, spun, shopped, and chatted the weekend away. The variety of people and skills really made this a fun retreat with lots of opportunities to purchase fabulous fibers and learn new skills.

Several of the spinners and weavers also raise alpacas and/or sheep, so there were plenty of opportunities to purchase fibers from "named" animals. Somehow, the fibers from "named animals" seems extra special to me. The entire weekend was absolutely jam packed with inspiration and lovely fibers. You can see some of the bags and baskets of "fibery goodness" on the tables behind these folks.

The Robin Room was quite full once we got all our spinning, weaving, and knitting gear inside. (We're hoping to get a larger room next year.)

In the foreground of this picture, you can see an interesting work in progress. She's weaving a rug out of strips of plastic bags. What a great way to recycle! On the table to the left, you can see some of the door prizes that were given out during the course of the weekend.

Kathy is an Alpaca farmer....don't you just love her shirt? She had the most incredible fibers. Of course, I "had" to buy some. the white is an absolutely luxurious blend of angora and Alpaca (25% angora/75% Alpaca..if I remember correctly). The second was an incredible roving entirely of natural colored Alpaca with 3 different colors - a rich brown, a deep brown, and black. The color combination is absolutely stunning! I do believe she sold out of both her white fiber and the tri-colored!

More tomorrow....


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