I just spent wonderful weekend in Seattle with my fiber friends. It was the second finishing weekend of the year, a time when we dig out WIPs that have been languishing and dig in to get them done, along with a lot of catching up and some fabulous food.
Finding knitting projects was a little difficult for me as the last finishing weekend took care of most of mine that needed just a bit of seaming or ends sewn in. Plus I frogged so many of my knitting WIPs. Quilting WIPs weren’t going to work as I didn’t want to haul my machine and all the necessary bulky quilting supplies.
But I did have my blue sweater that just needed one sleeve sewn on, and my Volt wrap. And there were some embroidery projects to sort through for possible finishing contenders, and spinning fiber in progress. So in the end I had plenty to do. Enough that it took several trips to get all the bags and bundles out to the car.
It was such a great time! So much laughing and helping and exchanging projects and sharing ideas and accomplishments. Portland Leslie likes to seam, and Seattle Leslie and I needed a lot of that. Paige loves to sew in ends (so weird! so handy!) and I was useful with machine binding.
Have you heard of Slow TV? I hadn’t – apparently on Netflix there are hours and hours of Norwegian television that takes a topic and sticks with it through every possible second. There are eleven celebratory hours of a boat traveling a Norwegian canal. Eight hours of knitting talk. An entire multi-hour train trip captured on film. And our personal favorite for weekend viewing, five or six hours about wood chopping.
Everything about wood chopping. How to stack, how to chop – and all the possible variations of both. Wood deliveries, wood tools, music with chopped wood, contests for wood stacking, how to cut a piece of wood so that it is a burner for tea and a stool. The apparently bitter controversy over bark up or bark down in the wood pile. It was both tedious and mesmerizing. And all in Norwegian and subtitles! We had it on for hours, and yes, I’m aware of how crazy that sounds.
Another highlight was the tour of Seattle Leslie’s fiber stash. It is impressive! Walls of IKEA bins full of spinning fiber, and more cases and boxes and bins of the yarn she has gathered since the days when she worked at a yarn store and was paid in yarn. We treated it with the respect normally given to museum visits.
We ate, and drank gallons of tea, and laughed, and got so much done.
I finished my embroidered undersea scene that I started in a class I took a couple of years ago.
I also got the last four oz. of my Ashland Bay merino spun and plied both bobbins into finished skeins just needing their bath.
My Volt wrap is just two rows away from needing the attached i-cord edging, and my blue sweater has its last sleeve attached. Just needs a zipper now.
Everyone walked away with a lot they could cross off the WIP lists. The photographic evidence of all we accomplished:
That blanket at the bottom was a major team effort and is going to get a blog post all of its own very soon.
We are already planning the next get together. There is talk of an AirBnB in Olympia in the new year. Can’t wait!