29 August 2017

Update from the Controlled Chaos

It has been a very busy month around here, and there's more coming.

The recent past:
out-of-state trip for Mom's 75th birthday
visit from 15-year-old nephew including ropes course, go karts, rafting, and indoor sky diving
trip to Gen Con
stops at Fiber Frenzy and the Woolery
eclipse in Sweetwater, Tennessee

The impending future:
Georgia FiberFest
Mensa Peachtreat 42
Game night at my house
Southeastern Animal Fiber Fair

Cuddly Hubby will be home for Dragon*Con. Also on the upside, the fall issue of Spin Off magazine just arrived at the friendly local yarn shops.

And please look down through the table of contents to page 80.

I wrote the article about eleven months ago, so this has been lurking for awhile. I had a great time writing the article and working with the friendly staff at Spin Off. This is definitely a champagne, chocolate, and flowers sort of accomplishment. If it weren't that we'll be busy with Dragon*Con, I would have a special dinner scheduled when Cuddly Hubby is home.

If you would like to duplicate my color experiment but don't want to dye your own fiber, I noticed when I visited that The Woolery has dyed fiber in neon colors as well as standard yellow, magenta, and cyan. In particular, they have Corriedale top here and Merino top here. And they carry Spin Off magazine. You can call them at 800-441-9665, too.

There are also fiber activities coming up:

Lisa Klakulak is speaking at Southeast Fiber Arts Alliance on Friday 1 September at 6 PM. Lisa is an amazing felt artist who has traveled the world for inspiration.

Keith Leonard is teaching classes on blocking, finishing, mistake-fixing, and brioche at Yarn and Y'all in Greenville SC on Thursday 21 through Sunday 24 September. Keith is a professional finisher who has taught at Vogue Knitting Live! in New York.

Eat.Sleep.Knit is now settled into their new home at 1060 Cedarcrest Road, Dallas, GA 30132 (770) 432-9277. They share a parking lot with a daycare center, so look for the daycare sign. Knit night is 4-7 PM on Thursdays, perfect for those weeks between guild meetings.

And a reminder, Georgia FiberFest is less than a fortnight away on 7-9 September! If you want to attend the banquet, be sure to register by Friday 1 September. I'm signed up for a class with Franklin Habit and another with Galina Khmeleva. STITCHES South appears to be hibernating for the foreseeable future. If we want a fiber festival in our own state, then please encourage the organizers and participants by attending the party. Of course, we're also dividing the cake into rather thin slices with Beth Brown-Reinsel at Yarn Rhapsody and Edie Eckman at South Carolina Knitting Guild that same weekend.

And Atlanta Knitting Guild has Marly Bird in October. She will be the speaker at our Thursday 5 October meeting and then teach classes Friday through Sunday. Reminder that early bird pricing ends Thursday 31 August.

Out beyond the horizon —
Registration has already opened for Kanuga Knitting & Quilting Retreat, which runs Thursday 11 January through Sunday 14 January 2018. I'll be teaching the knit swirl jacket, but there are several other knitting teachers. You can choose to immerse yourself in lace, socks, colorwork, or clever technique hacks.

Fiber Frenzy in Berea, Kentucky hosts their Pins and Needles Retreat the first weekend of February (the same weekend as South Carolina Knit Inn). Depending on where you live, it may be easier to go to Kentucky than South Carolina on Friday 2 February through Sunday 4 February 2018. Planning for Knit Inn has started, but neither the class offerings nor registration are announced. If you are a Southeastern knitter, then you'll be hoping for good travel weather the first weekend of February.