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Carolina Fiber Frolic in the Fall


Jan Smiley put together another Frolic in Sapphire Valley, NC. This was a very laid back affair: just sitting and doing whatever together. Mostly spinning, some knitting, some amazing felting, and Natalie’s food. (Mushroom bisque, crab cakes, coconut cake, etc.)


Some of the group met a day early and toured a fiber processing facility in Weaverville which is ecologically designed. They followed a fleece through the process and shared the results.


There were no classes this time, but you cannot put two fiber people together without learning happening. Just watching Vicki of Tangled Up in Wool make these incredible thin, delicate hats with a bit of an Art Deco twist was a Master Class. She will teach this class at the March Retreat next year along with a felted birdhouse class. I may have to take both. Definitely one. Vicki has made me believe I can felt without pulling a muscle. (Inside joke if you have ever felted a scarf.)


Samantha went to SOAR, the big deal spinning conference, and in a fit of something (She swears she has no memory of it) bought an electric spinner. It is made of Tiger wood which is richly beautiful. I was amazed at how quiet it was and she is delighted with it. It even has a power cord for the cig lighter in the car!


Renate came without her wheel. At the last minute in a flurry of packing, she forgot it. Don’t need to tell you how much trash talk she received. She had plenty of knitting though. She is still exploring swing knitting. This is a rug. It is mostly worsted weight yarn and, as ever, she is making it up as she goes.


This is a wall hanging in much smaller yarn. I have to do one!


I did some spinning–when Renate would let me use my wheel–and lots of sketching and exercises for my watercolor pencils class. Turned out that Priscilla is a wonderful water colorist and shyly shared pictures of her work with me, an unexpected and greatly appreciated gesture.
I took pictures to inspire some painting and thoroughly enjoyed the non-demanding pace of the whole event.

Steve hiked and knocked around strange shops in the area. I think he liked the solitude and I know he liked the food. Honestly, Natalie’s food is reason enough to go to these retreats. Oh, and then there are the cocktail hours put on by Tom, Emily, and Kevin. Always themed and generous.

Looking forward to March.

More later–


One Response

  1. I did ask Sam about her electric spinner and it looks like she has a knack for it. And Renate, always swing knitting and making such beautiful products.

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