Meeting Notes — August 2016

We met under the trees on yet another beautiful, sunny summer day.

Treasurer’s Report: 

As of July 31, we had $498.96 in our treasury. The cost of our web hosting has risen from $10.02 a month to $15.06 a month. That adds up to about $180 a year.

Old Business:

We have enough in our treasury at this time to cope with the marked increase in our web hosting costs.

Carol Lewis finished plying the warp for our team for October’s sheep-to-shawl content at Lambtown. She handed the warp off to our weaver during the week before our August meeting. So we’re on track for the event.

Carol Lewis relayed the recruiting call put out by Lynn Curry and Sue Duffield for volunteers to help them staff their spinning demo at the Highland Games (Labor Day weekend at the Alameda County Fairgrounds in Pleasanton). FYI:  Margaret will be performing in the Harper’s Hall next door to the spinners.

The domain name for the World Wide Spinning Day has lapsed so it seems safe to assume that this is a defunct event. We’re not planning to do anything for it.

New Business:

Shortly after Lambtown, there will be event called Spinzilla. This is a friendly, world wide competition to see who can spin the most. The event runs for a week — October 3 to 9. For details and the online sign-up, visit

FYI — if you like to dance, there is (or was over the summer?) a Barn Dance every other Wednesday at Emma Prusch Farm Park.

The rumors that Hannalore’s Custom Handweavers (in Mountain View)  is going out of business right now are incorrect. Hannalore has just been recovering from hip surgery.

Show & Tell:

Ange was present at our meeting, spinning away, but brought no show & tell.

Cookie started the meeting spinning a white, fairly course fiber that like the wool some of the handspinner flocks featuring crosses such as Cotswold x Corriedale x Polypay. Later on, she switched to spinning silk on her handmade drop spindle with the polyclay whorl depicting a face. Cookie showed us a photo on her phone of a Motherbear project. If you’re on Facebook, you can also see it there. Cookie passed around some of the small balls of yarn she’d spun on her small 3-D printed Turkish spindles. Those are brightly colored drop spindles that break down into 3 pieces — two cross pieces and the spindle. Once you’ve finished spinning a spindle full, you pull out the cross pieces and slide a ready to use ball off the spindle.

Kelly went to the fiber estate sale in Layfayette. She had also had fun on a trip to Sturgis. Kelly rode behind her husband on his motorcycle. They had the practical sense to stop at hotels instead of camping out overnights. Kelly got her husband to stop at (yarn/fiber) stores enroute. Before they got back, Kelly had acquired enough yarn that she shipped a box home.

Lotus finished the knitting baby dress that she’d just started at last month’s meeting. With the tiny bit of leftover yarn from the baby outfits, she made a tiny stuffed bear.

Finished baby dress

Finished baby dress

Lotus spent much of the meeting spinning on her Inca spinner (a distinctly different take on a spindle compared to a drop spindle). The spinner she used was made by her husband. Lotus has plyed on her Inca spinner. First, she pairs up the strands from two spinner fully by taking a strand from each and winding the two unplyed strands onto a ball. Then she plys from the ball by spinning her Inca spinner in the reverse direction.

Lotus spinning on her Inca spinner

Lotus spinning on her Inca spinner


Lotus has been spinning fiber from Bar-B-Woolies. That wool is from a business run by a long ago Serendipity member so it has been well aged in Lotus’s stash. She now has two bobbins totalling 416 yards.

Ginger was spinning carded Cotswold wool at the meeting. She spent a lot of her time over the past month at non-spinning activities, e.g. reading her Kindle and knitting a beaded shawl.

Patti showed off a lovely purse that she’d made out of her crocheted squares. She had joined her squares, sewed fabric into a liner for the purse, and put it all together with a very nice handle/closure. Patti is now busy with her work as a teacher. School has started!

Patti showing us the purse she made

Patti showing us the purse she made

Purse Patti made from her crocheted granny squares

Purse Patti made from her crocheted granny squares

Nancy got a “Knit Kit in a Box”. This kits makes balls for dogs. Each ball is knitted then felted. Nancy plans to give the balls she mad for her kids’ dogs. Nancy finished knitting the socks she was working on at last month’s meeting. Nancy and her husband spent a week this past month doing US Forestry park service volunteer work near Lake View, Oregon as part of their vacation. The rest of their vacation was spent in Santa Cruz.

Nancy and her husband’s volunteer work started at the site of a wooden box mill dating back to about 1926 – 1936. The boxes were used to ship peaches and other produce. Their assignment was to look for artifacts. If the site was rich enough in artifacts, it would be considered for listing as a historical site. After hard work digging and sifting, Nancy and her husband got to tour a Morgan Butte Mountain fire lookout. The lookout stands on it searching for fires, even — or especially — during violent lightning storms. Nancy was particularly fascinated by a stool in the lookout whose feet were enclosed in the glass/ceramic thingees that you more usually see as insulators on high voltage electrical lines. The lookout stands on the stool when lightning is about, to reduce the odds of electrocution. The lookout tower has a lightning rod and grounding wire.

Margaret was knitting “knockers” as gifts. Knockers are lightly stuffed and worn inside bras to add size or balance out the bust line. Margaret took her little wheel to Tahoe on vacation. She found a book at Barnes & Noble that she found was a great source of quick-knit patterns suitable for knitting on vacation or idle times. The book was called “Last Minute Knitted Gift”. Margaret knitted pointed hats from the book’s patterns. Margaret also knitted a spiral shawl and a couple of not-yet-blocked beaded scarves.

Spiral shawl

Spiral shawl

Margaret's knitted pointed hats

Margaret’s knitted pointed hats

Margaret was a very productive woman this past month as she also came with a set of 3 samplers of multi-shuttle (overshot) weaving and a new triangular shawl knitted from her favorite shawl pattern.

Margaret's overshot weaving

Margaret’s overshot weaving

Margaret's new triangular shawl

Margaret’s new triangular shawl

Carol has been travelling a lot and spinning a lot. Over the past month, she plyed all of the warp for our sheep to shawl team that will compete at Lambtown. She then started spinning white wool from the box labelled “2004” that has been sitting in her garage for some time.



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