Saturday, February 28, 2009

SPA 2009 - Friday

Last Updated: 02.28.09

sights from the Hilton on Saturday






Portland Fiber Gallery and Weaving Studio
Portland, ME













Purple Fleece
Stockton Springs, ME




















Springtide Farm
Bremen, ME




Shipyard Point Glassworks
Franklin, ME















Friday, February 27, 2009

SPA 2009 - By the Way...

Last Updated: 02.27.09

Because I am staying at the Hilton, most (if not all) of the pictures posted here will be from events at the Hilton, UNLESS you can help. Do not hesitate to take pictures at whatever you are doing here at SPA, and send them to me at lmardennh@yahoo.com. Include whatever text you want to post with them, and I will get it posted ASAP.

Thanks in advance for giving everyone who can't make it the next best thing.

-Laurin

2009 SPA - Greetings and Salutations

Last Updated: 02.27.09

The Greeters' Area is all set, ready to guide you through the many activities and locations and raffles and drawings that is SPA. Last time I checked, there are still a few shifts left, if anyone would like to volunteer.

The afghan for the SHIPS Project drawing is on display there, and it is truly stunning. Make sure to get your raffle tickets ASAP!











SPA 2009 - The Calm Before the Storm?

Last Updated: 02.27.09

It's coming together fast!

Here are some pictures of the vendor room setup a little while ago.

Some of the vendors are just about ready to roll, others, well, have a bit more work to do...

















































Thursday, February 26, 2009

SPA 2009 - Thursday Night


Last Updated: 02.26.09

It's finally here!

Can you feel the North American continent sorta listing to the North East a little? Maybe taking on a little water on the coast?

There's a good reason. More than 500 women and a few men are converging on the seasonally peaceful little burg of Freeport, ME for a long weekend of knitting, spinning, shopping, and other fiber-lishus pursuits. And they are lugging spinning wheels and projects and hot plates and quesadilla fixins (not kidding!) and their favorite liquor and wine and chocolate and cookies (by the way, the Hilton's cookies are freaking awesome) and needles and bobbins and tatting-thingies and no wonder the country is a bit askew....


While events do not really kick off until tomorrow, several NETA peeps make a longer weekend out of it, so there were about two dozen of us in the lobby at the Hilton (can't speak for the other locations, so I'll guess there were more already here), just hanging out, using all that stuff we lugged up here. And ordering drinkies and nummies from the lovely Leslie at the bar.
The bar munchies were great - chicken quesadillas (not cooked on a hotplate!), grilled shrimp on sugarcane skewers, tater skins, sweet potato fries - but the blueberry martoonie won the prize for yumminess and a very blueberry-y funk that everyone in the bar was able to share.


More pics tomorrow. Heading to bed - it's going to be a very busy day.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

New England Weaver's Seminar


Last Updated: 02.21.09


NEWS
(New England Weaver's Seminar)

July 9th-12th, 2009
Smith College, Northampton, MA

It's a weaving conference, but the vendors and exhibits will be of interest to all fiber artists. There's no admission charge to just visit for the day.
Classes run throughout, and one can sign up for 0, 1, 2 or 3 days of classes.
Registration opens 3/15/09.
There are guest speakers in the evenings, and a fashion show Friday night.

http://www.newenglandweaversseminar.com/

Saturday, February 7, 2009

New York Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.19.09

Finger Lakes Fiber Arts Festival

First Annual Southern Adirondack Fiber Festival

New York Sheep and Wool (Rhinebeck)

17th Annual Washington County Fiber Tour : May 9th and 10th, 2009

Rhode Island Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 02.07.09

Worldwide Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.25.09

2009 Maryland Sheep and Wool (May 2 and 3, 2009)

The SHIPS Project


World Wide Knit in Public Day

New Hampshire Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.25.09


33rd Annual New Hampshire Sheep and Wool (May 9th and 10th, 2009)

24th Annual NH Wool Arts Tour (October 10-12, 2009)

Wool Day at Canterbury Shaker Village (September 26, 2009)

133rd Deerfield Fair (October 1-4, 2009)

Squam Workshops

Vermont Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.19.09

Vermont Sheep and Wool

Addison (VT) County Fair

Connecticut Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 05.13.15

Connecticut Sheep and Woo1 (April 30, 2016)

Coventry Regional Farmers' Market 2015 is the final year for this market

String Thing Gatherings (held at the Coventry Market; new location has not been announced)

Massachusetts Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 04.30.12
Drumlin Farm's Woolapalooza

Fiber Revival

Franklin County Fiber Twist

Massachusetts Sheep and Wool
Sheepshearing Day at Gore Place

New England Weaver's Seminar

Merrimack Valley Fiber Arts Celebration

Old Sturbridge Village Wool Days

A Gathering of Spinners

Maine Fairs and Events

Last Updated: 05.19.12


The Common Ground Fair

Denmark (Maine) Sheepfest

Fiber College on Penobscot Bay

Maine Fiber Frolic  updated for 2012

Fryeburg Fair

Pleasant Mountain Fiber Arts Weekend

The Tare Shirt Bee updated for 2012

Saco Valley Fiber Artists Summer Workshop







World Wide Knit in Public Day

Last Updated: 02.07.09


World Wide Knit In Public Day
June 13,2009

http://wwkipday. com/

Planning a WWKIP event? Tell us and we'll post it here!

The Common Ground Fair

Last Updated: 11.20.08


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The Common Ground Fair
Unity, Maine
September 25, 26 & 27, 2009

http://www.mofga.org/TheFair/tabid/135/Default.aspx

The Tare Shirt Bee

Last Updated: 05.19.12


The 22nd Annual Tare Shirt Bee
Where: Peter and Nancy Cook's Tare Shirt Farm in Berwick, Maine
When: 3rd Saturday in June (June 16th, 2012)
Co-Sponsored by: Southern Maine Guild of Spinners and Weavers

The 22nd Annual Tare Shirt Bee will be at Peter and Nancy Cook's Tare Shirt Farm in Berwick, Maine on the usual 3rd Saturday in June - this year that is the 16th. The Bee is cosponsored by the Cooks and the Southern Maine Guild of Spinners and Weavers.

Arrive at 11am w/your lunch, a chair, your wheel and a dessert to share. The 15 minute hand spindle contest for length is at high noon. The 45 minute wheel contest for length is at 1pm and you may spin fiber in the grease, or hand-prepared, or machine processed roving, but not pencil roving.

The niddynoddy contest " "How swift are you?" takes place during wheel judging.

Tour the farm and the textile equipment barn, count bluebirds, sit by the pond, admire the Lincoln Longwool Sheep, the Devon Cattle, The Dartmoor Ponies, the Crazy chickens and a bunny named Nutmeg (Nutty for short).

It is a FUN day! For directions and information write nidynody@aol.com or call 207-698-1664. Submitted by Jackie Fee

Snowshoe Farm, LLC

Last Updated: 02.21.09











Snowshoe Farm, LLC
Quality Huacaya Alpacas
P.O. Box 280
520 The Great Road
Peacham, VT 05862
Ron & Terry Miller
802-592-3153
http://www.snowshoefarm.com/

Snowshoe Farm alpacas, located in Northern Vermont, is a full-service alpaca farm offering alpacas for sale, stud services, boarding, shearing and a farm store. Our store carries a selection of yarns spun from the fiber from our herd. We offer luxurous 100% alpaca yarns, alpaca blends and sock yarn. We carry patterns, kits and needles & hooks. Handspinners love our alpaca fiber and we offer it raw or as roving. On occasion, we have batts of alpaca fiber for felters.




Visitors are welcome!