NWRSA Conference

Jill P.:

I have a few things to blog about, but I should do them in order.  The week before last found me in Seattle and Tacoma.  I flew to Seattle and hung out with some friends.

I first stayed with my college roomie Tina for a few days.  She introduced me to the Twilight movie, and I introduced her to a new knitting project.  She has been working on a long stockinette scarf for about two years, since a friend taught her how to knit.  She pulled it out again since I was coming over.  I did have to break the news to her that it will never stop rolling. =(  I was able to drag her to a few yarn stores while I was there.  We went to the Fiber Gallery in Phinney Ridge where I bought some Dream in Color Starry and Tina bought some Silk Garden and fixin’s to make fingerless gloves.  A very nice selection.  The next day we went to Hilltop Yarn on Queen Anne.  I think they are moving across the street, so everything was 25% off.  I bought some Shibuiknits Sock to start some (more?!) knee high socks, and more Noro Silk Garden Sock.  I don’t know why I keep buying it.  I haven’t knit with what I have at home, and most reviews are less than enticing.  Plus sometimes I see the same colorways over and over and get bored with them.  I started the knee-highs as part of the Sock Knitters Anonymous Rav. group’s June sockdown.  Here’s part of one.  It’s the Evening Stockings for a Young Lady from Knitting Vintage Socks.  (I’ll do a full post when they’re done).

I was really proud of Tina and her knitting.  She finished one fingerless glove while I was there.  She learned how to knit in the round, do ribbing, use DPNs, and make a thumb gusset!  I hope she manages to finish the other one before I go back in a year!

I then moved over to my friend Michelle’s place.  I suppose she was a grad school roommate!  I stayed at her cute house in Ballard and spent some time with her pets.  Of course I didn’t take any pictures while I was there.  We went on walks, got yummy crumpets and ate some good meals.  She also had a fun barbecue one night I was there.  Thanks to my generous hostesses!  Oh, also caught up with another friend from high school/college.

My Mom and Dad came up to Seattle and picked me up.  We had some lunch and then my Dad dropped us off at the University of Puget Sound campus.  Then it was 3-4 days of the Northwest Regional Spinners Association conference.  This is my first time going.  I became a member just to attend the conference with my Mom.  Since she was driving up from Camas, she brought both of her wheels.  That way I didn’t have to fly up with my wheel.  I took two all-day classes.  One was Spinning Woolen and Worsted with Anne Field, author of the Ashford Book of Spinning.  I worked on my long and medium draw and using a flick carder.  The next day was Spinning Alpaca with Kaye Collins.  Very informative and a fun class.  She gave the keynote speech of the conference, which was a little more spiritual than my tastes tend to run…

We had meal tickets in the cafeteria, which meant three all-you-can-eat meals within 10 hours.  I felt moderately sick for the whole time.  I just can’t stop myself from eating tons of crap.

My Mom pushed me to enter my Muir shawl (previous post here) into the gallery.  I was a little hesitant about it, because it was my first lace handspun.  I knew the yarn was pretty uneven and was worried about the judging.  But I surprisingly scored very highly!  I got a first prize ribbon!  I never really know what those ribbons mean.  I definitely didn’t get the Best in Class ribbon.  On the last night of the conference they announced that I won the People’s Choice award!  It was very exciting.

Here is a picture of me with the shawl, the ribbon, and the trophy!

The “trophy” is near invisible in that picture.  It is a crocheted heart hanging from a wire stand.  It is a revolving trophy so I need to bring it back next year.  I don’t know if I’ll make it again next year, but I’ll at least send it in.  The woman who had it the year before was very sad to give it up.  I just hope I can display it without a cat eating it. =)  I’ve been sarcastic about the whole thing and laughing at how seriously the other woman took it.  But really, it was quite an honor for me.  I am definitely not as competent of a spinner as most of the people in attendance, and still have a lot to learn.  It was pretty exciting and I’m glad that my Mom brought the shawl and “forced” me to enter it.

I am much more excited for my next post!  Here’s a sneak preview!

Jill B.

Oh, Jill.  Have you seen the Hansi Singh book?  It has the Nessie in it, and a lot of the other patterns she sells.  Right up your alley.

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  1. Adrienne

    Hi, it’s Saturday night and your blog is not up to date! I actually logged into Ravelry and saw your long list of finished projects. Amazing! I was on Ravelry to find patterns for knitting with Eros yarn (the ladder yarn). I bought a black chiffon dress today and I may use some green/black Eros yarn in my stash for a scarf/shawl to cover my shoulders. That will look better than using some laceweight alpaca on a pattern from the Estonian lace book.

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