I finally found my cord. No sorry Cookie it wasn't the animals this time LOL, it was me. I didn't take my laptop because there was no Internet connection in our room, so this meant I didn't have a means to upload my pictures to my laptop, so I put the cord for the camera with the plug for the laptop. I know, I know, I'm definitely blonde LOL.
Ginger arrived at my house Thursday around noon and Laurie showed up around 1:30. We packed up Ginger's SUV, loaded ourselves and we were off to Asheville for SAFF the Southeast Animal and Fiber Festival. Four hours later we were pulling into our motel, which was a no frills motel, but the rooms were nice and it was quiet (which was much needed after our long days). We unpacked and headed to the Olive Garden for dinner. Ginger and I enjoyed their coffee so much the sweet waitress gave us a four pack of coffee. How sweet was that.
We woke early Friday as we all had classes that started at 9 a.m., so it was a quick BK breakfast and we were off. LOL Only to get lost, but not that bad. I know how to read a map, I was sitting in front and just redirected Ginger in the right direction and we were just 3 minutes late.
This is the sight that greeted us as we headed down the stairs to our Beginning Spinning* class.
There is also the upper level, which I was standing on, that had vendors all around it. You can see parts of it in the distance, the blue draped areas are vendors. Then there were the red seats but behind those are more vendors and then after the seats there are more even with those and above. So in reality there were three tiers of vendors. Believe you, me, it is a jaw dropping, drooling sight. What really sucked was our class was just a little lower to the left so this view is what we saw for three hours. I was chomping at the bit to get down there and feel up all the lovely fiber.
*I think Beginning Spinning class doesn't describe it well because it took you right from how to spin to an actual hank of yarn. Ginger (in the pink shirt) and I knew how to spin but we didn't know how to ply it together and wind it around the niddy noddy to get a hank. I enjoyed this class immensely BUT do you see what we are sitting on? Concrete! Yes that is right, and it was so hard that our butt bones hurt for days. LOL It still does. I did put on the survey to tell the students next time to bring a pillow or cushion.
Here is my final skein
After class we had the rest of the day until 4 p.m. to walk around. I didn't buy anything just took their business cards to come back later. I would have if I saw anything that said 'OMG you have to have me.' I didn't, so I waited.
As I was heading out of the bathroom someone passed me with a t-shirt that said JenLa. Naturally I had to stop her and ask her if she was Jen or La, she was La. I said to her that she probably didn't know me from Adam but I also had a blog named Cat's Crafty Corner. She was so sweet, she said 'Oh yeah I've stopped by from time to time.' I didn't bump into Jen though, and I did look for her. I couldn't believe she flew all the way in from Ca. to attend SAFF. WOW!!!!
I also bumped into Robin from For the Love of Fiber. Robin and I had taken a spinning wheel class together in Greensboro from Tina of Spinner's Ridge. I heard her talking and I stopped and said 'don't I know you? Aren't you Robin? Didn't we take a class together.' She looked up and said 'Cathy! yes we did in Greensboro.' So we got talking for a bit and I invited her to meet a group of us at the door at 4:15 to discuss dinner plans.
We did meet up with Frith and Jane from our Twisted Threads Guild. We all went to dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe in Asheville. Robin decided not to come as she was alone and she wasn't sure she would make it back to her hotel without getting lost. Dinner was awesome and they had the best Split Sweet Pea Soup, OMG it was to die for. I also had the Bucca's cheese plate which comes with fried nut encrusted Brie, served with roasted garlic, figs, apples and crustinis. Yes very YUMMY!
Saturday we slept in, and did a late breakfast at a local restaurant. We then walked around SAFF, and I picked up some wonderful blue/light purple roving - merino with silk. I noticed that ball of roving was getting smaller so I had to buy it, I was afraid it would be gone by Sunday, so I grabbed 8 ounces. We went to our basket weaving class at 2 p.m., to make a small basket that hangs on our spinning wheel.
This 2 hour class went over by 2 hours, so it turned into a 4 hours class. Supposedly you can make this basket in 45 minutes. The class was way to big for what was taught, and most of us were guessing and by-goshing. The top of my basket was actually supposed to be green, wood, green, but as I was getting to the top another classmate told me when I put the top on it will hide one row. Since I didn't have time to go back I just switched up the top two rows. I actually ended up sewing it together in our hotel room that night. The two pieces dangling is a medallion that was made by our spinning instructor Julie, the left one is a little drop spindle with some fiber, and on the right is a little piece that says I Spin. I thought it would look nicer on the basket than a necklace.
We left the festival at 6 p.m. and headed for dinner. This was our second day walking around on concrete, needless to say, Ginger and I are both very sore puppies.
Sunday we headed back and this is when I made my purchases. I bought some silk caps, hankies, and dyed cocoons, some llama roving, some white roving that the woman didn't know what it was but a mix of US wool, it was so soft I had to buy a pound, and at a 1.00 an ounce I couldn't resist. Most roving was going for 2.00 an ounce on up. The 2.00 ouncers were usually very coarse. I like my roving to be very, very soft, along with my yarn. I didn't buy a lot of yarn, because I didn't really see anything that WOWed me. I bought some matching green to make hubby a hat that goes with the pullover I'm making him. I bought the last skein of a light green mohair from Mary Ann Pagano from Three Waters Farm. Since she is down the road from me, I'm hoping and praying that she has more. She was also a dear and picked up our entries from the judging booth for us, since we were leaving early. No, no ribbons between the two of us. I bought some soap from Mary Ann also as the smell was so awesome. I picked up some Patchouli salts and bath milk as I wear a lot of patchouli during the winter. I'm also planning a very nice relaxing whirlpool bath to ease my very sore, tired muscles.
It was a very long three days, but I had a blast. It was fun meeting new people and seeing what is out there in the industry. I will definitely be back next year.