a feeling of extreme pleasure or satisfaction.
I have been absent a bit from blogland, since I took two blessed days off from both jobs and attended Madrona Fiber Arts Fair in Tacoma, WA last weekend. It was indeed delightful. (and I have a bunch of photos to share)
Friday night about 20 of us celebrated my friend Barbie's birthday at Indochine. The tables were decorated with rose petals (and after a few glasses of Sake, so were our noses) and a humongous organza bow was wrapped around the table like a present itself. The food was nothing short of magnificent.
Saturday I met up with another friend, Celeste from Oregon and we toured the marketplace. It was a bit bittersweet to be there. Seeing my ex-partner, and wandering as a spectator held both joy and sadness. I could not even walk three feet without stumbling across friends from all over the world. This was delight.
We paused in the day for a leisurely lunch at Two Koi, then returned for more fiber shopping. My dear friend, Virginia (who owns TootsieP Yarns in California) came up to see me and had an amazing booth. There is nothing like a fiber pal, is there ?
I even got to see Tina briefly, and pick up some of her Raven line of yarn (yippee)
Sunday morning brought yet a delight of another kind. I treated myself to an early birthday present (my birthday is next saturday) and took a spinning class with Judith MacKenzie-McCuin, "To spin a fine thread". I have said it before, and it bears repeating..... if you ever have the opportunity to take a class with Judith, do it. She is remarkable.
We learned how to fine tune our spinning wheels so that we could go from spinning our "default yarn" to spinning yarn thin enough to run through a sewing machine. amazing, incredible, fabulous. I won't share all the techniques here, since I still believe that you should take her class for yourself - but here is one small sneak preview:
I laid out my samples on my knee during class, just to give you some idea:
My "default spinning" is a fingering weight yarn (on the top of the photo) and the bottom is the 'thread' I was able to even spin a bit finer than this, but alas, no photos of it.
Judith gave us generous samples of many fibers: three different merinos, with varying micron levels, yak-merino blend, bison, tussah silk and ramie.
Three hours of non-stop spinning was delight. My hand and arm are now talking loudly to me, but it was worth every single moment.
May your week be filled with delight.