Sunday, March 14, 2010

SPA, Knit and Spin

As an avid knitter and new spinner, I was thrilled to be able to attend the recent SPA, Knit and Spin weekend held in Freeport, Maine. Although not far from home, I chose to kidnap my friend and spend the weekend with a couple hundred other fiber enthusiasts. No classes, just informal gathering and chatting. The weekend is set up by a group of people in NETA (New England Textile Artists). It is an casual weekend where you pull out your spinning wheel, spindle or knitting wherever you are and just relax and be creative. On our kidnapping weekends my friend doesn't know where she is going until we arrive. It's such fun, and I think she had a good time. 

The top pictures were taken in the main lobby of the Hilton Garden Inn in Freeport. Although we had had a bad storm the night before and Freeport was without power for many hours, the power came on in time for us to have a warm and well lit weekend. Many of us left our spouses in the dark at home while we enjoyed our weekend. Tee hee!
Saturday night many of us went over to the Haraskeet Inn for the Ugly Sweater Contest and the Fashion Show. It was snowing heavily outside but the 3 hotels were within walking distance, and Freeport provided a shuttle for those who didn't want to walk. Here are two sweaters from the Ugly Sweater Contest. I didn't get a good photo of the winner, which was a well made man's sweater with an ugly fish on the front. The gentleman was a great sport and proudly wore his purple crown all evening. He had chosen the pattern, and his able wife whipped it up for him in three weeks cringing as she knit each stitch.
This wouldn't be an ugly sweater except for the long sleeves and bright color. I've made worse!!!
The Fashion Show was a time for everyone to show off items they had made during the year. All weekend we saw men and women wearing their handmade items, but this was "Spotlight" time. This is but a small sample of the beautiful work as my camera took many blurry shots as the models were moving fast and I was laughing and cheering a lot!

There were some amazing shawls, and I have the inspiration to make one. Now to just find the time...
This group of women had all used the same pattern to make their sweaters. Look at the variety you can get from one pattern using different colors and types of yarn!

This Jimi Hendricks jacket received a standing ovation for how well it was done. Tess Baumberger knit the sweater and she designed it for her son Nick. She used images from the web (with permission from the artist for the one on the front side), gray scaled them and copied them onto charts that reflected her gauge. It was a great design and just fabulous!

There were many wonderful vendors with samples and fiber and eye candy. They had spinning wheels, books, fiber, rug hooking, handmade garments, bags, accessories, music and DVD's to listen to and of course fiber...lots and lots of fiber!
Beautiful carved and turned crochet hooks, knitting needles, nostepinnes, spindles and more with lovely inlay of stones.

There were many others but I was too busy shopping to take many more pictures!

It was a fabulous and relaxing weekend. Thanks to the Town of Freeport Maine and the hotels that we subjected to our trails of fiber. They patiently put up with us and managed to staff the town for tourists amidst a crisis of power outages and downed trees. And I think many of them enjoyed our laughter in the middle of a dreary winter weekend. The tough part was returning to a home without power on Sunday afternoon!


Orange Sink said...

It was a pleasure seeing all of the knit sweaters! Looks like it was a beautiful gathering with so much creativity and talent! Thanks for sharing! Cathy G

random Cindy said...

Great pictures! How did I miss that first group? Hope you'll share these with the NETA website.

WoolenSails said...

That looks like a fun weekend and all those yarns and fiber arts, I bet you were in heaven.


Marna said...

Great pics! Thanks for posting. Do you know who had the pattern for that gorgeous gray vest you took a picture of in the vendor area? I gotta have that pattern! Thanks.

Marna (CT)

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