Of course though........there was the fiber too!
This is the first year that I went with a mental list of what I really wanted to bring home. I truly have more fiber than any one person really needs to have
(I feel a stash sale brewing), so I tried to concentrate on other things.
One of my greatest fiber frustrations has been my inability to use a drop spindle comfortably. My first introduction to a spindle came before my spinning wheel as is the case with many of you. A good friend of mine sent me home with a bottom whorl spindle and some Romney and let me tell you how much I hated that experience!!
It became apparent to me very quickly why it was called a "drop spindle"!
Very shortly after that I had my first spin on a wheel and fortunately for me, I picked it up very quickly and never looked back at spindling.
Over the years, I have picked up some beautiful spindles, not because I wanted to really spin on them, but because they were beautiful pieces of art. You see, I love nice wood as much if not more than a great fleece. I would pick them up here and there hoping that somehow I would find the process more enjoyable, but each time, it was just a session in frustration. So they continue to sit as lovely dust collectors in their lovely basket.
This year, I watched Margene conquer and do wonderful things with her drop spindle and I really sat up and took notice......and then I noticed more and more how wonderfully at ease people such as a fabulous fiber lady and friend, Joan Jeness, spindle as they walk. I admit I grew a bit envious of their talent and wondered why I just couldn't get "it".
So for this year at Rhinebeck, I was determined to find just the right spindle for me and to hopefully find someone who could help me figure out what I was doing wrong. I picked Cassie's brains as she was gracefully walking around spinning on her new spindle. Then I picked the queen of spindling, Lee Ann for some more tips, but still, the process was escaping me yet again.
Margene mentioned that a Bosworth Spindle is a great spindle to try, so even though I had already purchased a Grafton Fibers spindle the day before, I stopped by The Journey Wheel booth just before I left for home. While Jonathan was chatting to a customer, I stood quietly and test drove a few of their spindles. Margene was right.....they spin forever, but I was still having a hard time with holding the extra fiber. Being a right handed person that was originally a lefty as a child, I get all turned around at times.
Thankfully, Sheila Bosworth, who is a spindling marvel took a few minutes out of her day with me. She immediately saw what I was struggling with and showed me a few new tricks. Sheila taught me more in those 10 minutes than I have learned in all my years of trying to learn it on my own. If you ever want to be impressed, watch Sheila for a few minutes......she is amazing and I can't thank her enough, or Margene for pointing me in her direction!
The pictures interspersed within this post are the spindles (except for the hatchtown) that I purchased at the fair. The 2 Bosworth Spindles are absolutely amazing spinners and my little Hatchtown was perfect for the Frelsi icelandic/angora blend that I couldn't resist. I came home and could not leave those spindles alone. For the first time ever, I actually feel at ease with them and am enjoying the process!