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Saturday, September 11, 2004


2004 Wisconsin Spin-In/Sheep & Wool Festival
Jefferson, Wisconsin
September 10-12, 2004

Welcome to our fiber fest!

Spindler Katrina Mundinger (MN), Spindler Alicia Santiago (AZ), and Spindler Stasia Wussow (WI) with Kate Ostruzska, Dianna Steinbach, and Jeff Wussow.

I don't know if other sheep-n-wool festivals serve beer, but hey, 'dis is Wiscaahnsin.

Spindler Ann Drouin, NH (right) with pal Rickie Bauer, WI (left). Thanks for coming all this way, Ann - great to meet you!

Not pictured: the Spindler Karen Berglund from MN. We had a lovely, but all-too-brief, meeting. Hope you enjoyed your classes, Karen!

The ever-gracious Toni Neil from The Fold in Illinois.

Toni introduced me to spinning many years ago, via the old CompuServe network. Without her help, I wouldn't be a spinner, and there would be no Spindlers group. If you're a Spindlers member, please write her to let her know her generous actions touched your life by their ripple effect. Kind and generous people should be acknowledged!

The adorable Spindlers members Amy (left) and Andrea (right) Mielke of Mielke's Fiber Arts helping one of their many loyal customers.

Adam, reputed to be sporting a camouflage kilt, was absent for this photo. Darn it!

Friendly, fab-hatted Nels Wiberg of Babe's Fiber Garden teaches beginners, old and young, to spin on Babe wheels.

Nels Wiberg, Babe's Fiber Garden

The gang helping out at the Grafton Fibers booth, a central meeting place for Spindlers members.
From left: Spindler Rosemary Tietge with husband David (MA);
Spindler and Grafton Fibers Proprietress Linda Diak (VT);
Spindler Alice Spencer of Wonderland Dyeworks.

Rosemary entertains Alicia and Katrina in the Grafton Fibers booth.

Lucy, a 7-month-old Great Pyrenese pup, says hello!

Speaking of dogs, what is a sheep-n-wool festival without working dogs? The sheepdog trials were breathtaking:

Spindler Mike Keach couldn't attend, despite avoiding Hurricane Ivan by visiting family in Wisconsin during the festival. He was sorely missed. But he sent flowers...

...with a lovely note for us!

They did, Mike, thanks! But we would have preferred to have you with us!

The flowers accompanied the Spindlers gang to dinner, enjoyed outside on the porch on this gorgeous evening at Ruggeri's Italian restaurant in Delafield, WI:

From left: Alicia Santiago, Nancie Gilbreath, Linda Diak, Alice Spencer, Shirley Renicker, Katrina Mundinger, and Rosemary Tietge with Mike's lovely centerpiece.

I had a wonderful time and managed to make only two gift purchases... but I'm going back tomorrow, as Rosemary assures me I will see sheepdog puppies herding ducks.

Will I refrain from adding to my spindle Spinventory, with all the tempting goodies? Will I succumb, as did Alicia, who now sports an entire collection of Grafton Fibers crochet hooks? Will Katrina buy that DT Babe wheel? Will Keach surprise us all and honor us with his presence? Will everyone's cellphones stop conking out, so that we can find one another as we scurry from barn to barn, scoping out the tastiest treats, most entertaining sheep shows, and yummiest purchases?

And for goodness' sakes, did Sparx, owned by Spindlers member Lael, win in her class? (And will I ever finish making her last year's fleece into that sweater for Jeff?)

Stay tuned... there's more in store on Sunday!

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Tuesday, September 07, 2004


A World Of Color

I don't know about you, but I often find myself overwhelmed by color choices for things that I would like to wear. Whether I'm trying to choose clothing online or from a catalog, or cosmetics without being able to try them, or yarn with which to make a garment for myself, I always seem to have doubts.

I figured out a simple way to make this easier, and I hope that it might help you as well. I took a photo of my unmakeup-ed self and put it on a white background. I saved it as a .jpg file, so that I can open it in a web browser window. Now I can place this photo next to web images of clothing, makeup, or yarns/fibers I'm considering to see if they will look ok on me.

Please note: This is probably the worst photo I have ever taken. I do not look like an axe murderess in real life, I promise! Ugh!

Hmmm, rose or periwinkle?

Checking lipsticks...

I think this gimmick has already saved me from some unfortunate mistakes. I had to get some new makeup for fall, and for once, all the items look fine on me. This also confirmed that I can trust Clinique's makeup recommendations based on the profile I filled out at their website.

In creative pursuits, I got this bracelet kit from Montana Leather:

It's a bit harder for me to do than I'd anticipated it would be, but still fun. The book is full of projects for other items - belts, horsey-stuff, etc. It was originally published in 1950 and offers lots of instructions for making "cowboy art".

In fiberarts, I am on the first sleeve of my Peace Fleece Everyday Cardi. Still enjoying the "plain" and relaxing knitting, and lovely gray yarn. But am thinking of a ribbed t-neck raglan in Debbie Bliss' Cashmerino Aran... I'll have to use my little head trick to choose a color! I have some balls of this for a baby sweater I'm going to make, and it is lovely stuff and would be great for next-to-skin wear.

I know, I know, I was supposed to be spinning up my Alpine Meadows fiber, from Bountiful, to make the top-down ribbed raglan t-neck... but there is only so much knitting and spinning I can do in a year, and cold weather is a-comin'!

I have fallen in love with Indigo Wild's Zum Oil in the grapefruit scent. Give yourself (or get!) a wonderful massage with this uplifting, joyful, creative scent and you'll be on your way to a merrier day. There is nothing like a quick foot and toe rub to sort you back out when you're out of sorts! This stuff is non-greasy and natural - you'll love it, too.

I had a lovely Labor Day weekend, taking the time to enjoy a Tanqueray and tonic out by the firepit with a lime from my own lime tree (I thought it was a Meyer lemon, but apparently it was mismarked!) A pinyon log (you only need one at a time!) crackled merrily, scenting the cool, evening air. The last of the lightning bugs flashed in and out of the woods, and lazy katydids chirped overhead as bats and dragonflies flew in the darkening sky, searching for their suppers.

Jeff completed some bat boxes, finished painting the house (what a guy!), and had time to make us a lovely dinner of oranic steak and his special garlic carrots, with a Benziger Claret (what a guy again!) We even got to attend a little hunter/jumper horse show which was a lot of fun (and which made me want to ride again... I wonder...)

What a lovely way to honor the transition of one season to the next. I hope your weekend was wonderful, too. Now, let's get ready for Autumn!

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