I'm safely home, unlike my sister and brother-in-law, who are stranded in the Eastern USA, trying to sort out flights after their vacation. They are fine, although many others are not. My heart goes out to everyone affected by Sandy.
SOAR was wonderful. I've never been at a conference with 350+ spinners and fibre artists, all passionate about their work. I saw beautiful things and met great people, both teachers and students.
Maggie Casey was very gracious in sharing her knowledge about teaching beginning spindle spinners. Several people came to class and announced that this was their last go-round with spindles; by the end of the 3 hour session, Maggie had everyone in love with spindles:
Michael Cook (Wormspit) knows a lot about silk. He's a big, friendly guy who makes silk reeling look easy, although I discovered my passion is making mawata (silk hankies). I'll leave the reeling to Michael and Coleen:
Fifty metres of my reeled silk, twisted on a toy wheel spindle:
I'll share the rest of my adventures in Part Two, but I'll close by saying that I never thought I'd be in California for my first blizzard of the season. On Monday morning, we woke up to discover we were snowed in, with over two feet of the stuff falling during the evening and early morning and more to come. Interstates were closed, cell phone and internet service was patchy and some people couldn't get into the resort, but for those of us who were there, it was a lovely place to be stranded, spinning, knitting, swapping fibre tales and eating (and we did eat! Very, very well.):