Sunday, April 29, 2012

Time Flies. . .

Apologies for inattention to our blog. It's not that there's been nothing to share -- A lot has been going on, but I learned to knit and there's just no time anymore! Here's a few pictures and some random bits to catch us up on the last couple of months.

In March we had International Women's Day (did you know you can "Like" Alice Paul on Facebook?), Daylight Savings Time returned, there was St. Patrick's Day and the Vernal Equinox. (I warned you there would be some random bits.)

Five of us shared a Palmetto Fiber Arts Guild booth at Charleston Crafts Cooperative and Gallery's  Artisan Market in Windermere Shopping Center in March. Lu Anne Rosenzweig was there as well with her own booth of beautiful art clothing. None of us sold very much, but it was a lovely spring day and the parking lot in front of EarthFare seemed to be a good location. We don't have doing successful shows figured out yet. It's something for us to work toward.
A grainy picture of Nancy Warren and Anita Sloane holding down our booth at the Artisan's Market. Nancy had felted bags, woven scarves, and fabric bead jewelry and Anita was selling scarves, headbands, and gloves  knitted with fun, novelty yarns.
 That was a busy day. At the Guild meeting, Kelly and Kayleigh shared more about their experience at Camp Pluckyfluff. This was an experience that really increased their skill and confidence to try new things.

The 2nd Saturday Spinners has been going strong for over a year now. There may be enough people and enough interest for us to host Lexi Boeger and a Pluckyfluff camp in Charleston. Something to think about. . .
Kelly and Kayleigh both brought their wheels and there was good discussion about the strengths and peculiarities of various makes and models.

Here's some of Kelly's Camp Pluckyfluff yarn.
Our April meeting was on decorative braiding and I simple forgot it was the day for our meeting, so missed it and have no pictures. But I heard that some people took right to it and others found it difficult. Braiding, fingerweaving  - it is amazing what human beings have taught themselves to do  to create beauty and interest in their surroundings -- and amazing what you can find on YouTube.

Jessica Jones taught me to knit on the bus trip to SAFF in October. I actually made a twirly scarf and gave it as a Christmas present in December. In January, I took a beginning knitting class through Charleston County Continuing Education, taught by Kelly and loved the group experience. However, I found it hard to make things that did not have a million mistakes. Here is my first project that's not just embarrassing. . .
I don't know who they are for, I'm not even sure I know anyone they would fit, but I followed the directions and I made them. This week I started a sock class with  Kelly, so if anyone else would like to do some blog posts while I'm absorbed with the intricacies of teeny tiny double pointed needles, just let me know. I'll gladly hand over the reins.

Two more random bits:
The first 100 Merino sheep were shipped from Lisbon to the United States in 1802 and the first piece of commercial corduroy was produced in Worcester Massachusetts on April 30, 1789 (223 years ago tomorrow!).