On Monday I left my car in Waihi and went to the Thames Spin In with Esther and her friend Gretta. It was a really fun day and if that was a practice for festival next year we're in for a real treat.
Of course some obligatory stash enhancement happened. The first enticing stand was a lovely young lady, Jessicah Win, with fabulous fibre on Spinning a yarn. I bought a plait of green variegated silk to spin and ply with the merino I bought at the Opotiki festival back in July. Now I feel I have enough to spin a decent yardage. Best of all Jessicah has been learning to weave.
Another trader was Raeleen of Woolrae Studio, Kihikihi Road, Te Awamutu. A great range of wool sliver, merino, merino/silk, corriedale, polworth but most important for me she has taken over the franchise for Landscape dyes, an Australian range which I use a lot.
And who can resist sliver from Anna Grattons wonderful colour range. Also Sentosa Silks were there so I got a couple of hemmed Paj scarves to try shibori on.
I have been weaving blankets but as they are for Pauanesia I can't show photos; maybe after the brochure comes out.