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More Rhinebeck Sitings October 19, 2008

Posted by lunarawe in Rhinebeck, sheep, spinning, stitching witches.
Fluffy Cotswold fleece

Fluffy Cotswold Fleece

Full confession to those who pay attention, this post was most certainly not written in October. That said, some things are worth documenting, no matter how late.

One of my absolute favorite Rhinebeck events is the Sheep to Shawl competition. In just a few hours groups of determined (mad) carders, spinners, and weavers transform unprocessed wool into beautiful shawls. It is really a thing of beauty to watch. One weaver per group, several spinners, and often a dedicated carder. They do most generously allow the weaver to warp the loom in advance. And then the madness begins!

My favorite group this year, no surprise here, was the team of witches working feverishly on their craft.

You have to admire a weaver who can hold her own in a pointy hat. Extra style points!


And this spinner was definitely a favorite. I admire the posture as much as the outfit. Plus, this group was energized and fun. There were tons of other good groups too! The group  below is gathered around their wool at the start of things. Such a lush color. Beautiful.


 A quick moment to admire the winning shawls, blue ribbon on the left and red on the right:

The blue ribbon shawl was dyed using natural dyes. Really stunning. As a non weaver this boggles my mind even without the frenetic racing and the time limit. Wow. This was also the same hall where the spinning competition was judged and displayed.

Three ribbons this year! I am very proud because at one and half years of spinning I am no longer considered a novice. One blue ribbon in the laceweight competition, a second place ribbon for three ply, and a fifth place for two ply. Super fun. And the lovely judges gave me this delightful mug (that I had been coveting in the fair, to be honest) with sheepies and knitting on it. Happiness! *delicate cough* And next year I will have to make sure to have neat ties that match. Oh the shame of it all. But I really appreciated the in depth notes this time around. Helpful.

There can be no sitings report complete without a photo of the delightful winner of this year’s hooked rug competition. I think this is both phenomenally done AND adorable. Definite points. And lastly, I leave you with a few llamas to tide you over until next year:

Succumbing to the Tag September 23, 2007

Posted by lunarawe in stitching witches, tag.

I have to admit that I have been tagged once before. And resolutely ignored it. Possibly with some attitude. I am not sure why the blogging equivalent of a chain letter bugged me so much, but it did. So I moved on.

But then I got tagged again. By Crow Calling Woman. How could I ignore a sister Crafter? So I am succumbing to the tag. Here are the rules.

1. Link to your tagger and post rules

2. Share 7 facts about yourself, some random and some weird

3. Tag 7 people at the end of post and list their names

4. Let them know they were tagged by a comment on their blog

OK, OK here we go. Though how I am ever going to come up with seven random or weird things… yeah… ok. Never mind. *laugh*

1. I have a bizarrely strong sense of smell. This is lovely when I am in a rose garden and horrible pretty much every where else. Even the smells folks use to smell nice can be cloying and overwhelming.

2. I am an ordained Unitarian Universalist minister. Not that this is bizarre, but many folks seem unable to connect witch and minister in the same sentence. Believe me, we are out there.

3. Using my spinning wheel makes me hot. I am pretty sure this is an energetic phenomenon and not simply being so out of shape that pedaling gently brings me to the point of overheating.

4. I have a cousin who is a vocalist and I am hugely proud of her! Also not weird, but worth mentioning. Check her out.

5. Cooked onions are my favorite food. Not on their own of course, but in other things.

6. Even cutting scallions makes me cry. I am forever looking for other people to cut my onions for me.

7. I have a security pillow. Really. His name is Pilly. He has been around for a while. We love the Pilly.

Seven folks to tag. That is like a bizarre sort of power.


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