Tuesday, January 19, 2010

SPA FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)

Last Updated: 01.19.10

Q. Who are the vendors who will be at SPA 2010?
A. Click here for the complete list.

Q. Do I need to bring a chair for the common areas?
A. Nope - each venue provides numerous folding chairs (varying degrees of comfort) for each common area. However, if you have the Hummer of folding chairs and can't be comfie without your built-in cup holder, massage back and mini-TV, feel free to bring your own!

Q. So what do I bring?
A. Some suggestions:

  • If you share a room with someone, it can't hurt to bring an extra towel or two.
  • Gently used items (yarn, patterns, books, supplies, needles, whatevah) for the free table, or new items for door prizes (optional)
  • CASH and / or credit cards. Most vendors take cards, but just in case...
  • something to model in the fashion show (optional)
  • silly slippers (optional) to wear throughout your hotel
  • projects of course, although this is optional, because you will be able to shop for everything to start a new one!
  • questions for other fiber-nutz, and answers too, if you have them. there is always someone who can learn from YOU.
  • a covered drink mug - to load up on that "coffee" and avoid spills!
  • a bathing suit and workout gear if you want to swim or, well, work out...
  • a noisemaker of some sort - you'll find out why later!

Q. What are the hours for the vendor room this year?
A. Not sure yet - will post them as soon as I find them...

A Spa 2010 Update

Last Updated: 01.19.10

The EIGHTH ANNUAL Spa, Knit and Spin will be held on the last weekend in February in Freeport, Maine. Come up for the day, or stay in one of the many hotels and B&Bs who are delighted to have us every year.
If you want to just visit when the vendors are set up that SATURDAY, that's great. NO REGISTRATION NECESSARY and there is NO CHARGE to attend. Come when you can, leave when you must. This is a YOUR day away from kids.

Many NETA members also spin and knit to raise funds for efforts that support deployed troops. Ask how you can participate!

Follow NETA on TWITTER here: http://twitter.com/NETAnetwork

Become a Fan of NETA on FACEBOOK here: http://bit.ly/3Q9byR

Talk to NETA on RAVELRY here: https://www.ravelry.com/

Thursday, January 7, 2010

St. Distaff Day, Westford, MA

Last Updated: 02.07.09

St Distaff Day

When: Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 1-5
Where: Westford Museum.

As always the museum provides the coffee and we bring the goodies to share. There will be a silent auction and raffle to benefit the museum who have generously allowed us to use their building for this event and for
us to meet the 2nd Tuesday and 4th Thursday of the month. Donations for the auction are always welcome.

A word on parking: the museum lot is small so if you are able please park around the corner. There is also parking in a lot behind the Town Hall further down the street. You can drop off the wheel first and then park behind the Town Hall or Library.

For directions: http://www.westford.com/museum/

Event Coordinators- want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

Village Books

Last Updated: 01.07.10

Village Books is a book seller who specializes in gently used knitting, weaving, crocheting, sewing & design books. They participate in Knit in Public Day, and carry / represent Knitting Out Loud Audio Books.

Village Books holds an annual featuring the work and yarns of local handcrafters.

Village Books
18 Waldoboro Rd
Washington, Maine 04574

Owner - want to add more information, or a picture or two? Send your .jpg file(s) and any additional details to lmardennh@yahoo.com.

Coming to SPA this Year?

Last Updated: 01.07.10

It's getting close - we're starting to eye our suitcases, trying to figure out what we can pack RIGHT NOW. And projects to bring, that can be worked on over cocktails, or while sitting at the information table, or while relaxing in front of the fireplace. We're starting to remind our significant others that we WON'T BE HOME for a few nights next month - if you don't start now, they'll forget and schedule a hunting trip or some dumb thing on the same weekend, right?

This entry will collect any resources to share about Freeport, SPA in general, or in particular. Places to go, eat, shop, wander, peruse, and discover, all will be listed here.

Are you excited? Are you just quivering with an - - - - tici - - - - - PATION?

Thanks to Marsha L. for the first item! Here's a website about Freeport. 

and from Karen (KVL), a link to an article about the SHIPS project:

(from Scott at Brewster B&B) Freeport info is also available at Destination Freeport, Freeport USA, and Historic Freeport Bed and Breakfasts, as well as our B&B, Brewster House Bed & Breakfast.

All have things to do, shopping info, restaurant info, and more.

Need to Process Your Fleece? Check Out These Resources

Last Updated: 01.07.10

http://www.goodkarmafarm.com/ Belfast, ME

http://www.newaimfibermill.com/ NEWAIM Fiber Mill, Waldoboro, Maine

http://www.friendsfollyfarm.com/  Monmouth, ME

Twist of Fate Spinnery Portland, CT

Bartlettyarns, Inc.

PO Box 36
Harmony, ME 04942
We offer the following services:
*Ability to scour/wash your very own fiber and have it returned to you in the following products:
*Round Roving ( no minimum amount)
*Mule Spun Yarns (100# minimum)
*You may provide us with pre-washed fiber to be processed into roving/yarns-however we do reserve the right to reject lots that may not be clean enough. No minimum on roving, but we do require 100# for yarn.
We process 100% wool or an 80/20 blend with alpaca or 50/50 blend with alpaca--both yarns and rovings.
For those not interested in true "custom" processing-we accept raw fleece and you may exchange for any of our products.

http://www.fibers4ewe.net/  - a small mill suggestion, located in NE Connecticut. Their final product is lovely, and the price was reasonable. Not sure what their wait time is right now, but there is a list on the site.

Do you process fleece? Send your information to lmardennh@yahoo.com, and we'll post the details. Send pics, hours or seasons of operations, and details you wish. If this entry becomes too long, we'll split it up.