It was a cold and windy day at the fiber festival and the workshops were held in a drafty fairgrounds building which is why I have my coat on (over a sweatshirt!). The Drop Spindle class was taught by a woman who I worked with many years ago at Fabrics and Findings. She was a good teacher and I picked up this type of spinning technique, but it will take a lot of practice to get quality yarn spun from the wool roving. Roving is what sheep fleece is called after it has been washed and carded so that all the fibers are going in the same direction. The fiber that I have to practice with is natural in color, but roving can be purchased that has been dyed into wonderful colorways. I may experiment with dying my yarn after I have it spun and
wound into skeins. One very popular dying technique is to use Kool-aid for the color!
I took 2 classes at the festival and the second one had to do with knitting socks on one long circular needle. I usually use 4 or 5 double pointed needles, but this technique intrigued me so I thought I would take the class. This technique also allows a knitter to make 2 socks at the same time!
Jim spent Friday night at JL, driving there from Boston after Corey's race. On Saturday morning, he drove to Saratoga where he ran the XC course he will be competing on in a few weeks. He then drove home arriving about 4 PM. I got home about 5:30 and we decided to go out to dinner (well twist my arm!). We tried Agatina's on Buffalo Road. It has been there for a long time and several of our friends have recommended it . And now we can recommend it-we had a very good meal. The portions were generous enough that we each brought
enough home so we could have it for dinner tonight.
Today we took care of things around the house and are starting to think about things going on later this week. I leave for Women's Weekend on Thursday (the 14th Annual!) and Jim has a business trip to New Jersey on Thursday and Friday.
Mom and Dad are coming to dinner tomorrow night and I will make Taco Salads.
As I sit here at the computer, writing this entry, I can look out the window and see the clean laundry flapping in the breeze. Jim has not used the dryer in 2 weeks! This looks like a good drying week coming up!