I attended my first ever spin-in yesterday in Garden Valley. It was held at the community center in Crouch, ID. Festivities began at 10am and ran until 3pm. The room was full of spinning wheels, some familiar and some not so familiar brands of wheel, spinners of every skill level and yarns of every preference. Then there were vendors of prepped, hand dyed roving, silk caps and hankies, dyed top, drop spindles, etc. etc. galore! I came away with lots of good memories (and a pound of merino/silk top in two colors). We set up our wheels in a big circle and everyone spun and chatted. This was all new to me but obviously some of these ladies (and gentlemen) were old friends.
Half way through the event, we had a white elephant gift exchange.
It was a "dirty Santa" type of thing and I got the COOLEST fiber! Then it got stolen from me at the very last minute by Georgianna! But she tried to be really sweet about it when she stole it from me. Good thing I wasn't emotionally attached to it. I came away with a lot of great fiber I purchased myself including some pretty hand painted roving in "Mountain Meadow" colors that I'm going to ply with some cantaloupe colored silk. I've not spun silk before so it will be very interesting. The roving is Targhee wool so the micron count is lower than on Merino wool but still veeeeeeery soft and lovely! Here's the single I spun while at the Spin-In. It's from the "Mountain Meadow" roving. What looks pink in the picture is actually a nice cantaloupe color that will match the silk's color exactly! I had Rowenna with me yesterday because I was SUPPOSED to spin angora. Once I saw this roving my plans changed drastically. But Rowenna went with the flow and spun everything I put on her. I have to say that I love the sliding flyer hooks on the Majacraft wheels. It's so easy to get an even bobbin. I could never do this on my Ashford Traddy wheel.
I had so much fun that I'm already looking forward to next year's Spin-In and I can't wait to see what this coming summer and fall have to offer in the way of fiber fairs and spinning events!