Monday, August 18, 2014

With this post, we continue a series of spotlight blog entries on the talented and dedicated artists who will bring their products, services, and spirit to SPA 2015 in Freeport, ME. The information in each spotlight comes right from the vendor - make sure to visit them in the Hilton SPA Marketplace!

SPA Spotlight: Stephen Willette

My name is Stephen Willette, Maker of Fine Fiber Art Tools such as; yarn bowls, tapestry loom, shuttles, lucets, sewing needles, crochet hooks, shawl pins and much more. I am truly blessed to get up each day and do the work I am called to do. As a New England based artisan, I have incorporated much of this culture and attitude into my products. Becoming a state-juried member of the League of NH Craftsmen was accomplishment which I am very proud of. 

In my shop, I have a dovetail saw that was handcrafted in Maine. It is one of the finest tools that I own. I reference that tool because of the quality and craftsmanship that went into its creation. I can feel, as well as see, the value of how it was made. I am inspired to work at a level that is worthy of such a fine tool. It is this feeling that I hope to inspire in the people who use my tools for their craft. 

You can visit my newly updated web site with an online store at (there are a few videos to watch), find me on Ravelry, on Instagram (StephenWillette) and Like me on Facebook.

Last Updated: 08.18.14

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

With this post, we begin a series of spotlight blog entries on the talented and dedicated artists who will bring their products, services, and spirit to SPA 2015 in Freeport, ME. The information in each spotlight comes right from the vendor - make sure to visit them in the Hilton SPA Marketplace!

SPA Spotlight: Highland Handmades

Highland Handmades has been enabling your addictions since 2009.  We specialize in fun and gorgeous colorways inspired by everything from our home in the mountains to the best of geek culture.  We offer yarns in a variety of weights from cobweb to ultra-bulky and carry SIX kinds of sock yarn to suit every desire.  

Our fibers include long wools, fine wools, superwash and feltable fibers ... and we have some gorgeous locally-grown roving as well.   HH also carries handmade drop spindles made from locally and ethically harvested hardwoods out of the North Maine Woods.  Our spindles are as durable as they are beautiful and come with a lifetime repair guarantee.

We are a certified Maine-Made business.  You can visit our shop at, watch our podcast at, follow us on Instagram (FiberistaFiles) and Like us on FaceBook as well.

Happy Spinning and Knitting!

Heather Kinne
Owner, Highland Handmades

Last Updated: 07.09.14

Monday, May 26, 2014

SPA 2015 - The Details!


Freeport, ME
February 26 through March 1, 2015

We are pleased to announce that the dates above have been set for SPA Knit and Spin 2015. The reservation staff at the hotels below are able to assist you if you would like to reserve a room:

PLEASE NOTE RESERVATIONS POLICY FOR ALL INNS: To reduce confusion and possible lost reservations, all reservations are to be made in the name of and reserved using the credit card of the person who will be checking in for that room and paying for it. Please honor this policy. The Hilton and Hampton Inns have added a new policy that no more than two rooms can be reserved under one name / credit card. Too many people reserve blocks of rooms, only to give up some or all of them at the last minute, which leaves vacant rooms other NETA members would have loved to take at the event rate. Please be considerate of your fellow NETA members and only book the room you will use.

Other Lodging and Information
For extensive information on other lodging and amenities in Freeport, be sure to visit You will find details on lodging, events, dining, shopping, family activities, special packages, coupons and more, including a map, calendar, and a printable guide.

Last Updated: 05.26.14

Sunday, February 16, 2014

SPA Knit and Spin 2014 General Announcements and Details

This is the 11th annual gathering of fiber art friends from across New England and beyond.  Please come when you can, leave when you must, and thoroughly enjoy this unstructured day or weekend.

Feel free to forward this URL to anyone asking about SPA Knit and Spin 2014!

Where: Freeport, ME 
(Hilton Garden Inn, Harraseeket Inn and Hampton Inn are the primary lodging, but check with other venues and B&Bs in Freeport and the surrounding towns too - all are ready to welcome you. Day trippers are welcome too.)

When: Friday, February 28 through Sunday, March 2, 2014
(Some folks are arriving earlier and staying later!)

WHAT: What is SPA? Spa Knit and Spin is a retreat (not a convention, not a conference, not a workshop). You make the weekend whatever you want it to be. Join hundreds of other fiber nuts at any of several hotels in Freeport to knit, spin, crochet, weave, felt, embroider, and more. Or sleep late, shop, and check out Freeport restaurants. Or take day trips to surrounding towns and visit their LYSs. It's all up to you. There are no schedules, no fees, no registrations, no workshops, no agendas. Make new friends, ask what they are working on, and share your own expertise.

There are no fees. 
There is no registration.
There are no agendas, no workshops.

WHERE to knit, spin, crochet, weave, teach or hang out with friends, old and new:
At the HARRASEEKET INN:  Casco Bay Ballroom, Merrymeeting and Sasanosa Rooms all weekend, plus all hours in lobbies, corners, nooks and other cozy spaces throughout the Inn. 
At the HILTON GARDEN INN:  Old Town Hall, which is adjacent to the hotel, from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. all weekend, plus all hours in the lobby, corners, nooks and other cozy spaces throughout the Inn. 
At the HAMPTON INN:  In the lobby all weekend.
*****All meeting rooms in all three hotels are furnished with chairs and tables for teaching/learning sessions, and other meet-ups.*****
BE A GOOD CITIZEN TO THE INNS AND YOUR FELLOW SPA GOERS.  DO NOT LEAVE YOUR WHEELS OR OTHER PERSONAL ITEMS IN THE HOTEL COMMON SPACES.  The hotel staff need to clean these areas at night.  DO NOT “SAVE” YOUR SEAT WHEN YOU ARE AWAY IN YOUR ROOM OR SHOPPING WITH THE VENDORS.  Lobby spaces are limited, and everyone would like an opportunity to enjoy these common areas.

SHOPPING: Visit 20 local and regional craftspeople at their booths at the Market Place in the Hilton Garden Inn, Freeport. The Market Place hours are

Friday: 5:00 - 8:00
Saturday: 9:00 - 4:00
Sunday: 9:00 - 11:00

These are this years' vendors:

Ball and Skein 
Yarn and Fiber 
Mountain Fiber Folk 
Jan Raczkowski Studio 
Foxfire Fiber and Designs 
Stephen Willette 
Spunky Eclectic 
Mad Color Fiber Arts 
Enchanted Knoll Farm 
Tsarina of Tsocks/Art for your Feet 
Portland Fiber 
Friends’ Folly Farm 
String Theory Yarn 
The Merlin Tree 
Pinestar Studio 
The Woolen Rabbit 
Leslie Wind 
Good Karma Farm 
Acker’s Acres Angoras 
Long Plains Alpacas/Lana Plantae Yarns

SPA TREATMENTS: This is the SPA part of SPA Knit and Spin! These therapy specialists will offer their services in the room next to the Market Place. Contact them directly for rates, availability, and to schedule an appointment.

Ann Hutchins, therapeutic massage - email: 
Aloisia Pollock, reflexology - 

FASHION SHOW: The show is at 5:00 on Saturday, March 1, at the Casco Bay ballroom in the Harraseeket Inn. This is a ticketed event, with a seating limit of 300 seats. Pick up your ticket at the Greeters' Table at the Hilton during Marketplace hours, or check with a SPA Planner (we're the ones wearing all the bling!!!!) - we may have a few in our pockets. This year the show is using an Open Mike format - you'll present your own creation. 

Tickets will be available at the greeters’ table at 5 p.m. on Friday, at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and at noon on Saturday.   The tickets will be given out in blocks of 100 on Friday, 100 Saturday morning and 100 Saturday noon.  ******IF YOU ARE NOT TRULY PLANNING TO ATTEND, PLEASE DO NOT TAKE A TICKET!***** 

KNITTING FOR GIVING: As we have in the past several years, we will collect chemo hats and ship them for you to Halos of Hope, an amazing organization that services hospitals and treatment centers all over the country. We’ll actually ship to the New England branch for local distribution. If you want to find out what / how to produce HoH hats, check out the details here. This doesn't replace or supersede the Ships Project, just gives everyone more options for stash reduction and some feel-good projects.

The SHIPs Project: Make sure to stop by the Greeters' Table to check out the SHIPs Project afghan, and buy raffle tickets - you could take it home! Raffle proceeds assist with the cost of shipping items to the American troops stationed overseas. For more information, please go to the website,

We also collect hats knit for the troops. The website offers patterns and yarn requirements. There are fiber and color restrictions. 

Ticket prices for the afghan are:

  • 1  for $1
  • 6 for $5
  • 15 for $10
  • A wingspan or 28 for $20
If you would like to help with ticket sales the Saturday of SPA, please send an email to Jenn at 

TRANSPORTATION: The Hilton will provide a free shuttle to bring us between the Hilton, the Hampton, and the Harraseeket on Saturday. There is no set schedule - the shuttle will continually travel between the stops. 
FIBER FAIRIES: Anyone is welcome to bring fibery goodness (yarn, fluff, tools, patterns, books, hand creams, etc.) to give to anyone as a random act of Fiber Fairy kindness. Give something, get something, it’s all good! Have fun with it, meet new people, give a gift to someone who is doing something you’re interested in, make a new friend!
FREE TABLES: There will be a table at the Harraseeket and at the Hilton this year. Drop off your no longer needed items, help yourself to anything there. PLEASE, no clothing. 

BUY, TRADE, SELL – If you have used equipment you would like to buy, trade, or sell, you can let Spa-goers know by posting a notice on the designated easel at the Greeters’ Table area at the Hilton. Be sure to include contact information and specifics.

Where to find out more, ask questions:

If you are on, start here.
If you are part of the NETA Yahoo mail group, start here.
If you are on Facebook, start here.

Last Updated: 02.22.2014 

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

SPA 2014 Vendors

Here are vendors for SPA 2014. If you want to be a vendor for SPA 2015, we will start the application process in the spring. Make sure you are a member of the NETA Yahoo email group to receive the latest news and information.

Ball and Skein 
Yarn and Fiber
Mountain Fiber Folk
Jan Raczkowski Studio
Foxfire Fiber and Designs
Stephen Willette
Spunky Eclectic
Mad Color Fiber Arts
Enchanted Knoll Farm
Tsarina of Tsocks/Art for your Feet
Portland Fiber
Friends’ Folly Farm
String Theory Yarn
The Merlin Tree
Pinestar Studio
The Woolen Rabbit
Leslie Wind
Good Karma Farm
Acker’s Acres Angoras
Long Plains Alpacas/Lana Plantae Yarns

Spa Therapy Vendors

Ann Hutchins, therapeutic massage - email:
Aloisia Pollock, reflexology -

Last Updated: 01.21.14

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

SPA 2014: Let's Do it Again, Shall We?

Last Updated:  04.03.13

We have announced the details and registration open date for SPA 2014.

For those of you who missed the initial announcements, here are links to each of them. The number listed first is their message number in our Yahoo group mail archives. You can always search the archives by going to the group home page and clicking on the Messages link, too.

44230 General Announcement

44231 Hampton

44232 Hilton

44233 Harraseeket

44234 Additional Details

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Scenes from SPA 2013

Last Updated: 02.01.13

It's a Fibah Thang!

Good Karma's Yarn Tree. There are prizes hidden in six skeins on this tree!

OK, so it's not ALL about the fiber!

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Thursday, January 31, 2013

Last Updated: 02.01.13

Getting to SPA 2013 - Pics and Stories

Says Nancy Shay:  "Started my journey to SPA last night. Stopped in Lowell to spend the night and pick up my traveling companion. This morning while knitting I found a new knitting buddy, Simon!"

From GeorgeAnn Duval:

"Spa Train to FiberTastic Alley"

As I waited for the Spa Train this morning I felt like I was stepping into a scene of Harry Potter... Did I bring every thing I needed? Will someone take the 42 lbs of yarn that I so painstakingly packed home as their own (orange bag) What would the vendor lane be like? I imagined it would be like Harry feeling like he would need another eight eyes to take it all in! Tomorrow will tell as I venture to the Diagon Alley of Spa 2013, where there will be shops selling yarn, both thick and thin, and craftsmen selling spinning wheels both compact and elaborate!

SPA 2013 promises to bring fun and laughter. What more can a gal ask for! Well, this tops them all... a hank! Yay, I've niddy noddied my first fibers into a hank that I'll cherish (albeit pretty funny looking). Moreover, I sense that friendships shall be forged that will hold fast through the years, intricately woven to stand the tests of time!


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Last Updated: 01.31.13

Welcome to SPA 2013! There are already guests sitting and spinning in the Hilton lobby, and more will start arriving any minute! Check back here throughout the weekend for updates and pictures from all of the venues. And if you take an awesome picture that shows that SPA spirit, send it to me at and I'll gladly post it for you.

Looking forward to yet another awesome SPA Knit and Spin weekend!

- Laurin

Friday, June 1, 2012

SPA 2013 Therapy Vendors

Last Updated: 01.01.13
We are delighted to announce that Ann and Aloisha will return to offer their therapy services at SPA.
They will be located at the Gate House at the Hampton Inn, which is a little further south on Rte 1. (The Shuttle will be running between all three hotels on Saturday, all day.)

As we get closer to SPA, these wonderful ladies will let you know if / when you can pre-book an appointment on the Friday or Saturday. They will also detail the services they plan to offer. In the meantime, if you have any questions, here is their contact information:

Ann Hutchins
Therapeutic Massage
211 Main Street
Lovell, ME 04051

Aloisha Pollock, NCR
Nationally Certified Reflexologist
PO Box 969
#60 Sunset Lane
Jefferson, ME 04348