Serendipity Spinners will be spinning at Emma Prusch Park on January 19, 2019. We start gathering after 10 with a goal of being set up around 11. We have a short business meeting around 11:30 then Show & Tell. The afternoon is spend socializing, sharing fiber related tips, and demonstrating for whoever stops by. We generally disperse some time between 3 and 4.
Join us or stop by and say hello. We meet on the grass near the children’s play area. It’s a beautiful place to meet with chickens and peacocks wandering around the grounds. We welcome spinners who just want to drop in and spin, as well as members of the public that walk by and are curious about spinning.
We had our annual holiday pot luck this month. It was a good turnout with plenty of yummy food and fun gift exchange. Patti told us about Bethlehem and their record number of visitors! We had show and tell and collected our annual dues. We discussed making up fliers for spinning demos to give out to those that are interested.
We had a small but pleasant gathering this month with very nice weather. The Lambtown Sheep To Shawl contest earlier this month was discussed. Sounds like it was a good time had by all!
There was a small group this month. We discussed the upcoming Antique Autos in History Park as well as Lambtown in Dixon.
We had a nice turn out this hot summer day. We were able to keep cool under the shade of the trees with a slight breeze.
Our discussions included the upcoming Wool Auction at the Monterey County Fair on September 3rd; Spinning demos at Antique Autos at History Park in San Jose on September 23rd; Lambtown at Dixon and the Sheep to Shawl contest October 6 & 7.
This month’s meeting was met with high winds and cooler than expected temperatures! Upcoming Sheep To Shawl for Convergence – Reno in July and at Dixon in October was discussed. Several bags of free alpaca fiber from a farm in San Martin were also brought to the meeting.
We were met with lovely weather this month. Spinning At The Winery was discussed as well as upcoming Convergence in Reno, along with Sheep To Shawl.
We had a small group this month. Those who did come were glad the rain took a break and we were able to sit outside.
February’s meeting met us with warm, sunny weather at the park. It was a lovely turnout with 10 spinners.
TBA: Fibershed Wool Symposium – Pt. Reyes Station, CA
We had a quick business meeting this month called to order by Aviva. The meeting was limited to introducing ourselves to Royce, a newcomer, and doing show & tell.
Kelly was present, spinning wool.
Laura was spinning on her big support spindle. She showed us a green scarf that she’d woven on a borrowed Cricket loom. It was woven from a variety of yarns made from silk and/or cotton.
Aviva was knitting a shawl from mohair that she bought at last year’s Lambtown festival.
Royce, a newcomer to our group, showed up after learning about us on our website and contacting Aviva to confirm where & when. Royce has been spinning for a few months now. She was spinning a merino/tussah silk blend on an Ashford wheel during the meeting. This was her first experience with silk. She started drafting the blend as usual but wasn’t happy with the result. She then learned about spinning from the fold and after finding that technique gave the effect she wanted, has been using it ever since. Royce is an experienced knitter. She’s been honing her spinning skills by studying sources such as Craftsy’s Foundations of Spinning. Royce showed us bags (many of them!) that she’d made.
Cookie has been spinning Cormo and California Red of late. Most recently, she’s been spinning a blend of those two wool breeds. She also showed us one ball that she’d spun from the longer wool separated out by combing California Red. That ball was close to white. And Cookie showed us a second ball spun from the leftover shorter fibers. The second ball was distinctly reddish. If it were a horse, I’d call it a roan.
Cookie brought a couple of containers she’d made using crochet and empty 2 liter plastic bottles. Cookie cut off the top of the plastic bottles and put little holes near their cut edges. She then crocheted a cylindrical section anchored in the holes. She crocheted the top of the cylinder so as to let her thread a drawstring through and added a handle. The handles were made using a crochet hook as a lucet. In one container, Cookie is keeping silk caps and a drop spindle made from a dowel and a 1 inch wooden toy wheel.
Ginger was still spinning her coarse gray Cotswold fleece. She would hand card a bit then spin it. She’s planning to weave that and some other coarse gray fleeces she has into fabric. She’s dreaming of sewing lined garments from the fabric — suits? coat? cape?
Sharon, the events coordinator at the park, dropped by and asked if any of us could come October 1 to the park’s Mountain Music Fest to demonstrate (details at http://PruschFarmPark.og). Ginger promised to send out an email to the guild with Sharon’s contact info. Unfortunately, some of us are already committed to the sheep to shawl contest Oct 1 at Lambtown. Lambtown also runs on Sunday so if any of you are in a position to demonstrate, please read your email and contact Sharon.