*Yesterday I attended my first spinning guild meeting, and I picked a good day to join -- they were having their annual silent auction.
It was like a mini fiber festival -- so many lovely things for sale, including:
and equipmentThat antique wheel is circa 1870, according to someone there, and it sold for $25! I thought about bidding on it, but I stuck to my "no wheel shall cross my threshold until I have room for it" vow. And I'd really rather my first wheel not be a fixer-upper.
I did pick up a few other things:
clockwise from top left:
- a batt of dyed angora/cormo/silk blend
- ~3 oz. of cashmere roving from the goats of Kathy Oliver (of Scarlet Fleece fame)
- Spinner figurine
- little book -- "Your Handspinning"
- Spin Off magazines from 1983 (year of my HS graduation, so they must be good)
- Czech glass buttons
- spindles from local woodworker ("Leaf Squeezer Turning") in (L-R): Bocote, Bubinga & Paduak woods
I left shortly after the auction was over because I had some birthday shopping to do at the nearby mall. While looking for a parking space, I couldn't help but notice this crazy car:
Apparently the owner works at the mall, because the car is there all the time, according to my sister-in-law who lives nearby. I suppose I've played right into the car owner's hands by posting these pictures on the web for all the world to see, but I found them too amusing to ignore.
Later, family & friends gathered to celebrate my brother's birthday a couple day's early. My always-capable sister-in-law served yummy hors d'oeuvres, traditional corned beef and cabbage, boiled potatoes, Irish soda bread, and of course, birthday cake: