April 6 I attended the annual spin-in hosted by the Kalamalka Spinners in Vernon, BC, as a vendor and learner. There were 60 spinners there, as well as 7 vendors. Some pictures from Vernon -
Just half the room full of happy spinners.
My vendor space.
Some items from the Show and Tell:
sweet little Christmas mice and elves.
A blanket made out of hand dyed and handspun yarns, made to match the pillow sham on the upper left. Good job, Chris!
Handknit and felted mittens with fancy yarn cuffs.
The next weekend was the much anticipated Desert Mesa Spinners' Retreat, held twice a year in Cache Creek, BC. We start to arrive at noon on Friday, get down to it, and continue until noon on Sunday. Annie has pencil rovings purchased just a few minutes ago from Smith and Ewe.
Sue Henry from Pemberton has her merino/nylon roving (purchased from Smith and Ewe) half spun already.
Heather Specken from Vernon has purchases from Smith and Ewe
waiting their turn.
Hannelore Lubben from Chilliwack hard at work.
Gudie Hupfauer from Sorrento bought some pencil roving from Smith and Ewe and is core spinning it.
Here is a sample of her finished corespun yarn.
The evening fashion show. Someone likes counting sheep!
Annie Cocking and Sheila Schwan from Logan Lake and Merritt get together once a week, and this is what they did this winter. Shepherd's smocks beautifully hand done and modelled.
A closeup of the sleeve on Annie's smock.
And Sheila with a sheep, because it is a shepherd's smock, after all.
Items from the Show and Tell made from fibre purchased from
Smith and Ewe at the last retreat.
Even though the weekend was snowy, rainy and cloudy, we all had a great time and are looking forward to the 10th Anniversary Retreat in October.
Lots of fun things being planned! See you there.