spun out

I spun

I knit

I got some gifts
first off, thanks cara for organizing this whole thing! yesterday was just what I needed, a whole day away from the norm, hanging out with friends and meeting some new fiber addicts. cara has the patience of a saint, first I scared her by not calling and being an hour or so late and then I probably stressed her out by not being able to spin a thing on her wheel. actually, I did spin….it was just overspun as all get out. I had coils on top of coils! it looks so easy, yet my hands and feet weren’t cooperating. I wanted to get up and run away but cara kept me there trying. by the end I was feeling ok, thinking that at least I’m trying right? that ended when I saw a little boy spinning like a natural on someone else’s wheel. sigh.

most of my day was spent hanging out with marie, whom without I would still be in the middle of chinatown. it was so fun to chat with her about fibers, yarns, and general life stuff…in person. I talk to her almost every day, so it was about time we finally chatted in person! I was in awe of her spinning skills, let’s just say the tiniest laceweight on a spindle while talking and walking. she’s insane but I love her for it. why wouldn’t I when she gifts me with silk/merino, cashmere, and optim wool rovings (the batts on the left are from steph, the pink and brown is alpaca/merino she gifted me and the mini blue one is merino she did up for the spinout)? yes, I know, I’m very lucky…and I need to become a better spinner stat so I don’t feel bad ruining all that fiber.

towards the end of the day we headed down to the point, where we met with carrie, I can’t believe it took me this long to meet carrie! we’ve known eachother for a year and you could tell, because after hugging we were talking and knitting as if this were our regular meetup. I love her so much that I even forgave her for working on a crochet project instead of knitting (and it’s a gift for her mom so I couldn’t say too much). we hung out for a few hours with the nicest, cutests knitters at our table. unfortunately, I didn’t catch their names but one of them was knitting a sleeve our ella rae wool and her best friend was knitting lily chin’s reversible rib shawl from a vogue knitting book. why am I giving so many details? because I know they read this blog so I’m trying to out them out of lurkdom so I can email them. so say hello won’t you?!

I headed back to philly before dinner time and carrie was sweet enough to drive me down to chinatown…so I got to see the car! you know, THE car. what can I say, I still find it funny and weird when things from blogs ‘come to life’.

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  • Cara June 25, 2006 at 10:33 pm

    YOU DID GREAT! Don’t fool yourself. The next time you sit down it will feel so much better than it did today. I promise! It looks so easy, huh? LOL! Ask Ann what I was like the first time I tried it. And spinning in front of an audience is really, really hard.
    I’m SO GLAD you made! I’m so glad I got to meet you!
    Thank you so much for making the trip.

  • Cara June 25, 2006 at 10:35 pm

    Oh yeah – next time I’m in Philly we need to HANG!

  • gleek June 25, 2006 at 11:06 pm

    hi there! so sorry that i missed you! after a long week, i just couldn’t coax myself to leave the apartment 🙁 bad bad me.
    sounds like a terrific time! look at all the cool stuff you got it 🙂 you definitely scored!

  • iraida June 25, 2006 at 11:37 pm

    It was great meeting you. I was having so much fun at spin out I didn’t want to leave. Now I’m hooked on spinning. 😀

  • Chris June 25, 2006 at 11:45 pm

    Oh, it sounds like such fun!! I’m glad you got such a lovely escape from the madness of everyday.

  • carrie m June 25, 2006 at 11:57 pm

    oh, thank you for saying such nice things about me AND my crappy car! and thanks for not mentioning how dirty it was or all the yarn on the front seat. it was so, so great meeting at long last!

  • Angela June 26, 2006 at 2:31 am

    Lucky lucky! Sounds like so much fun. Shame on you for not telling me you were headed out to do such fun things this weekend! 😉

  • Ronni June 26, 2006 at 10:00 am

    It was such fun to meet you!
    My Ella Rae sleeve is now attached to the body. Consider me out of lurkdom.

  • Jennifer June 26, 2006 at 11:12 am

    Sounds like you had lots of fun!

  • Marie June 26, 2006 at 11:19 am

    I had a blast hanging with you! I’m so glad we finally met in person – and I hope it won’t be much longer before we get to spin, knit and talk again at the point or anyplace else! You are too cool for School …LOL

  • Marianne June 26, 2006 at 11:34 am

    You are doing great with the spinning, don’t fool yourself. *grin* It’s totally normal to coil your first wheel-spun yarn. I mean, it’s not a really intuitive process, after all. The next time you sit down to try it, I think you’ll be surprised at how much more natural it all seems.

  • Stephanie June 26, 2006 at 11:39 am

    I’m still jealous that you got to go and hang out with all those wonderful people. I thought of you all when I was spinning on Saturday. I’m glad you got to spin on a wheel and that you had fun.

  • aquaknits June 26, 2006 at 12:31 pm

    What fun! That fiber looks wonderful, a perfect excuse for more spinning practice (and that sock looks pretty great too). I’m envisioning a spinning wheel post soon. 🙂

  • joelene June 26, 2006 at 12:36 pm

    Glad to hear you had fun! I hope your package comes today, oh the suspence. I am in the car, on my way to magic mountian, leaving you a comment from my sisters sidekick. Very cool. I have even more blackberry lust now! Miss ya!
    Later skater

  • Sandra June 26, 2006 at 6:55 pm

    aww man, i missed you!!! I decided to be a weenie and stay home because of the rain. boo, sandra! anyhoo, looks like you had fun. Man, i really regret not coming out.

  • Julsey June 26, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    I always miss all the fun…i had to babysit my 32 year old sister-in-law this weekend…but I’m sure you’ll be around The Point and NYC (and maybe Northern NJ?) again!

  • Brandy June 27, 2006 at 12:41 pm

    What is the name of the sock pattern you’re knitting? I love it!

  • Bryony June 27, 2006 at 12:46 pm

    Oooooooooh, yummy. The spinning is coming along rather nicely, as is the fibre expansion project 😉 And the sock is just gorgeous.

  • Gracie June 28, 2006 at 10:38 am

    Fun day!! Your spinning looks great!

  • Aja June 28, 2006 at 10:20 pm

    Your day rocked, as do you and your knitting and your sock, awesome!

  • Pip June 29, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    That green sock is amazing. What’s the pattern?