Today the sun was rising at about 7 am. There is nothing more beautiful than the sun rising over the Cascades. Although I can't wait for longer days and more sunshine, I love that I don't have to wake up early to see these beautiful vistas.
I was up and running early today because I went to spin and chat at St. Distaff's day. This was the NWRSA's (Northwest Regional Spiners' Association) 31st Annual celebration of the Patron Saint of Spinners with a Spin In. It was up in Lake Stevens at a local high school.
I looked up Saint Distaff's Day in Wikipedia, and there is no Saint. The day is named after a tool, the distaff, women used in spinning. I was wondering who in the heck Saint Distaff was. The day was the when women went back to work after celebrating Christmas. So it is kind of a celebration of women who work and traditional womens' work which was mostly fiber related.
I went to Wajio's house early with my wheel. She helped me oil it, then we loaded up her van with my wheel and 2 wheels from her spinning guild that she was bringing to sell on the Used Goods table. ReadnitDream joined us for the drive. We got there at about 9 am and grabbed some chairs in a "Spinning Circle."
I was able to spin about 1/2 - 2/3 of a spool of corriedale that I bought from Paradise Fibers last year. I was happy to see that I mostly remembered what I was doing, and it felt great to get back to spinning.
I was sitting next to a friend of Wajio's, named Jenniluigi, and the most fun thing happened. I can't remember exactly what we were talking about, but she stopped and looked at me and asked, "Wait, are you f1bercat?" When I said yes that's my Rav name, she said, "I read your blog!" ha ha ha ha ha I almost felt famous!
We talked a bit about Knitted Knockers. The Eastside Knitters Guild is going to make these for our Guild Charity of 2015. The group had a booth at the Spin In, and Jenni bought me a ball of the cotton yarn needed to make my first knocker. I hope to cast on tonight.
Anyway, I didn't win any of the Raffles, and of course I felt like a 5 year old cheated out of a present. I always want to win. Even though I don't need any yarn or fiber.
I did buy myself a new niddy noddy. That is my Christmas Gift to myself (other than a hot shower).
shaping the planet with a niddy noddy.