1. I have no idea what happened to the last 2 weeks.
2. That’s a lie. There’s just been so much that I find myself ready to quote Inigo Montoya. “Let me explain… No, there is too much. Let me sum up.”
3. I have been to Seattle and back for the last Madrona, and I did it all in snowstorms everywhere I went. (It was appropriate somehow that the weather was so dramatic, I felt like there should be some reflection of how significant it was to me that the event was ending after 20 years.) I’ve been lucky enough to be going to that for 15 years or so, and I owe Suzanne more than I can say. She was my role model for how I’ve run my business for years, and I’m so grateful we’re friends so that even though Madrona’s over, my relationship with Suzanne isn’t.
3. Usually at Madrona, I organize and MC the Teacher Talent Show but this year I also took part and that’s enough said about that, except anyone who was there should be able to tell you A) that it was absolutely epic. B) That I am never, ever doing anything like that again. C) That what happens at Madrona stays at Madrona and there’s a media ban, so you’ll just have to wonder forever now.
4. I finished the Jacob project, and I love it desperately. Let’s recap, shall we? I started with a little Jacob fleece that Judith gave me, and sorted it into it’s component colours.
Then I carded those on my little carder, making batts that fit into my plan of a gradient.
Then I spun them up into 2-ply yarns, a tiny bit heavier than lacewight.
Mission accomplished, I chose a pattern that would let me use every inch – in this case, working from the top-down, with a variable number of repeats so I could adjust to the yarn amount, and even a border pattern that I thought would look just fine with a few more or less rows. Dover Castle.
I can’t tell you how well it came together -and how quickly, and how much I nailed the landing. I finished with about 30cm of yarn left.
It was like a poem. I love it when a project goes to plan, and this one did, from beginning to end. Here’s the shawl – finished, but pre-block.
Then, having arrived at Madrona, I blocked it on my hotel room bed (slept in the other half, I’m not very big and I’m an edge sleeper) and voila!
I was so delighted with it. As a few of you predicted, it was Judith’s birthday present – and such a lovely circular gift. She gave me the fleece, I gave her the shawl, and we both got what we wanted in the end, I had such a good time playing with that fleece – it made me want another one.
5. I am not sure why I don’t feel bad about giving her the shawl. I love that thing, but was quite content to see it on her shoulders.
6. Maybe I am a better person than I thought.
7. Wouldn’t that be nice.
8. I finished two other projects but I’ll show you later. I don’t want to upstage the shawl. (I also did a whole lot of other stuff. You’ll see.)
9. I leave for Port Ludlow in the morning – and we’ve got one spot left at the Spring Retreat. (Technically we were full, but then there was a cancellation and now we’ve got one spot again.) If you are a last minute type, here’s your big chance.
10. There’s also a spot at the Learn to Spin Workshop on Friday. You can sign up just for that if you like – and we can loan you a wheel. It’s at Port Ludlow from 9-4, we provide lunch, and Judith will teach you to spin. (I think Judith could teach a porpoise to spin in a 6 hour class, you’ll do really well.)
11. Probably not a porpoise.
12. Maybe a porcupine.