Sunday, March 16, 2008

Full Day

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:



spindles, tools, odds & ends

and equipment

That 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:

not enough candles

And a good time was had by all.

On that note, I will end this, and wish everyone an early Happy St. Patrick's Day!


Anonymous said...

Glad your spinning guild meeting turned out to be a good one 'cause you sure missed a great knitting guild meeting at RCK. Check my blog to see what you missed. The Graves Mountain Lodge knitting retreat next month is now open to non-guild members if you're interested. There is info on the RCK website.

Bess said...

Oh what fun you must have had. I can't wait to see what wheel you end up with, but I am just as interested in your class this week, so keep us posted, please.

Robin said...

SO....what did you buy??? Looks like a great time..

Margaret said...

Looks like lots of fun! And I'm glad I resisted going as it looks like I would have been sorely tempted!
Happy Birthday to your Bro!

Anonymous said...

I figured a drop spindle or three would come home with you. Those are beautiful! What a fun day...