Does this picture not say it all?? You really have to click on this picture to appreciate the magnitude of what was going on. This weekend was the NETA Spa, held in Portland, Maine. NETA stands for New England Textile Arts. It started with just a few women, wanting to get together for a spa fiber weekend, that was not going to break the bank. What started out as a small gathering, has blossomed into fiber artists taking over the entire hotel. The above picture is only a small slice of what and who were there. Two huge ballrooms, were filled to the brim with spinners, knitters and any other fiber art that you can think of. Lobby common areas had couches filled with lounging women, happily chatting amongst themselves as they knit and spin.
Some of the weekend features were vendors galore, numerous door prize drawings, syncronized swimming, a fashion show, along with hotel ammenites such as massages, hot tubbing and even Reiki sessons. Great FUN!!
This has been a very difficult and trying week for me as Breeze, the mother of the puppies, somehow managed to slip (rupture) a disk in her back and has required round the clock care in addition to the puppies. (more about this later in the week). Originally, I was supposed to spend the entire weekend at the Spa, but given the situation, I was fortunate that my DH offered to care for Breeze for a few hours, so that I could attend, if even just for a little while.
It was GREAT fun!! Fiber people are the best! After being cooped up in the house for weeks on end, it was so nice to be out amongst friends. Julia was there and showed us her incredible sweater that she is knitting from Poetry in Stitches. Nancy of The Spinning Bunny had a stunning short row alpaca shawl that she made with intricate celtic knots up the back. I kick myself for not taking a picture of it, but I was too busy lusting after it, to even think about the digital camera.
My friend, Gil Gonsalves, of Robin Spinning wheels, brought his new traveling wheel for myself and a few others to test drive. Keep your eyes open for this great little wheel..it is sure to be a hit! It is called, the "Wee Robin", and should be making it's debut at Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival in May.
This is what I came home with...........LOL. As you can see, not much spinning was accomplished. It was so nice to see friends and catch up on what everyone has been doing over the winter, that I spent soooo much time gabbing away..........staying much longer than my DH had agreed to. Thankfully, he is a good sport and realized how much I needed to get out and visit.
Now there were fiber temptations of every kind imaginable abounding. Gorgeous Cashmere laceweight yarns, colorful rovings, wheels, needles ........you name it, it was there. I was a good girl though and only came home with these little goodies.
The new Interweave Scarf Style Book, 2 past Wild Fiber Magazines.......and a year's subscription to Wild Fibers. I spent some time chatting with the editor of WF, Linda Cortwright, and she informed me that they are going to do another spread on Angora Rabbits, so I am excited. One of my rabbits was pictured in the Spring 2004 table of contents. It is a fabulous magazine for fiber enthusiasts!
I want to take a minute to thank the outpouring of support that I have received from the blogging world. So many of you have left comments and have written to me privately, with such kind and supportive words about the puppies. Sometimes a litter will be whelped and raised without a hitch and are gone almost before you know it, then other times there will be struggles such as there have been with this litter that leaves a breeder scratching their head wondering why the heck they do this. Somehow when you look into these little faces though.......you remember ~
In parting, here is a picture of the big boy. A few of you have asked to see the boys. The big teddy bear of the bunch has his eyes fully open now and already I can see his mother and even more so, his grandmother's gentle expression. His brother's eyes have not
opened yet, so I will save his picture for another day. This boy in all his hugeness, is looking very promising.........
I swore I would never keep another boy......hhmmmmmm