This year I had the privilege of teaching at Unwind. This was year #8 for this gathering. Nancy and Sue put together a delightful retreat! There is time for learning, time for shopping, time for food, and time for camaraderie. Each evening after the afternoon classes but before dinner, we enjoyed happy hour. One suite had the wine drinkers and the other suite had the tea drinkers. I am a tea drinker, so I had a great time hanging out with the scone-munching crowd. A least a couple of us brought an assortment of teas to share. And some inspired soul brought Girl Scout cookies! I did fail a Will save against just one delicious Samoa.
|Some items from this year's Unwind goodie bag.|
|Items from silent auction and freebie pile.|
|A typical Unwind 2018 door prize.|
Everyone leaves Unwind with a door prize. Mine was a skein of Miss Babs in the Unwind 2016 colorway and some goodies from Katrinkles. I am especially looking forward to filling in the sheep ornament with some locks or handspun.
All in all, I had a delightful weekend teaching reversible techniques. I got to spend time with my teacher peers Varian Brandon and Heather Storta. I also met the Yarn Guys, Jeffrey Wall & Dennis Rinkenberger, who own Wall of Yarn in Freeport, Illinois. Jeffrey and Dennis even have their own line of z-twist yarn for two-end knitting (tvåändsstickning). Sweet!
From Blowing Rock I drove north to the Maryland man cave. Cuddly Hubby may be home for a few months, but he is technically "lent out" to another site. That means he still has to maintain his Maryland residence. If we are going to have to pay rent, then I am certainly going to make use of the place. I enjoyed three days of quiet. No television (the cable is turned off while Cuddly Hubby is away). Minimal Internet (um, yeah, the cable is turned off). It gave me time to work a little on a project or two without a lot of distractions. Cuddly Hubby flew up for the weekend. We celebrated Star Wars Day with friends. And I went to Maryland Sheep and Wool.
|Chocolate-colored Leciester longwool locks, prepared Corriedale, white Leicester longwool locks.|
All in all, it was a very enjoyable and productive couple of weeks. I had great fun with friends. I came back with way more goodies than I expected. And at Maryland Sheep and Wool, Elizabeth Johnston's lecture about warp-weighted looms has sent me down another rabbit hole.