If you would like to visit this place, along with many other fiber places in our area, there is a big event coming up next weekend. It's called Rites of Spring Fiber Frolic This event is taking place:
Rites of Spring:
April 17 - 18, 2015
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Gas up your car, grab a fiber friend or two, stop for tea and a treat along the road and come frolic with new lambs and kids and the fabulous fiber they provide for us as 10 area fiber businesses and 4 cafes open their doors for... Rites of Spring: Fiber Frolic on April 17 - 18, 2015 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.The fiber shops and cafes are all located around Lake Winnebago in northeast Wisconsin. It’s a quick drive from Madison, Milwaukee, Green Bay, Door County and even Chicago. Plug the addresses into your GPS and come visit, enjoy the spring air and add to your yarn, fiber and fabric stash(es) (we suspect you may have more than one)!
Now--- commercial over, back to our meeting last night! Our Black Sheep Spinners guild group gets together for sharing ideas, creative skills and lots of laughter too. We have about 15 members and we try to make all of the meetings if we can. I missed out on the March meeting while we were gone on vacation.
We all bring in our projects that we are currently working on.
Some bring in their wheels to spin, some bring in knitting projects
or finished items to Show-N-Tell.
We have all ages in our group;
from young single girls,
to alpaca farmers,
to busy moms,
to retired ladies.
But we all have something in common:
The love of fibers!
Once the yarn is created on the final bobbin, it needs to be wound off into a long loose skein for washing and setting the twist. The tool used for this is called a Niddy Noddy. It's a bit confusing at first, but once you get the hang of how to wind the finished yarn in a continuous loop fashion, it makes sense.
There is a little children's rhyme that goes:
"Niddy-noddy, niddy-noddy, two heads and one body.
‘Tis one, tain’t one, t’will be one soon.
‘Tis two, tain’t two, t’will be two soon.
‘Tis three, tain’t three, t’will be three soon..."
And this is it.. Rachel's finished skein of handspun yarn!
Before leaving our meeting, Carol had a little gift for me... two big trash bags that needed a new home. Once I peeked inside, I was more than happy to take them with me!
What would make me so happy, you might ask? Well, these bags were full of wonderful fresh clean blanket wool fabric! They will be cut into strips and woven into thick plush full wool rugs! There are about four different color combinations to choose from, and I think I can get about 5 nice rugs out of it. The second stack bottom color is more of a camel brown, not a yellow. Kinda hard to see in the morning light when I snapped this pic. Some of the wools are plaids so that will add interest to the stripes in the rugs.
The best part of this new rotary cutting tool, the blade automatically retracts when you let go to set it down. It appears to be more ergonomically comfortable for your hand when cutting a lot of fabric.
Yesterday I had a long-awaited doc appointment to go to. It was with an orthopedic doc who travels to Chilton once a week from a bigger clinic in Appleton. I have been having trouble with a hip for the last 3-4 months. Mostly pain just at night, but not during the day or not while I was walking etc. I first had some xrays done at the connected hospital and then met the doc in his examining room a few minutes later. Wonderful new technology that sents the xrays right to his computer screen in a matter of minutes after having it done. No longer waiting for emulsion films to be processed. Ahhh we've come a long way baby!
The diagnosis is not what I was fearing (arthritis, osteoporosis, bone cancer, etc) instead it's only BURSITIS! Wheeeee what a relief! It's the small pads on the hip bones called "bursae's" that help pad the hip bone and allows the ligaments and tendons and muscles to glide smoothly over the bone. My bursea are inflamed and causing pain. Because of my nissen fundoplication stomach surgeries, I sleep best on the right side, which is the one hip that is bothering me. He prepped a needle with cortisone and gave me a deep shot right into the hip. It hurt a bit, but nothing compared to the pains I have been having at night. He said it would take a day or two to take effect and would last me about 3-6 months and perhaps I might not ever need another one.
Well... I tell you, that cortisone shot REALLY worked! About halfway through my spinning guild meeting, I noticed that I was getting more comfortable. Then when going up to bed last night, I didn't have any creaking joint pain. I slept all night laying on that side with no problems!
Best of all, this morning I woke up without any stiffness, and I came down the stairs and felt NORMAL!!!! (well as normal as I can be?)