Fact: I’m way overdue on this post.

Fact: I’m way overdue on lots of other things (see my ever increasing library fine).

Fact: I’m dealing with it by consuming large amounts of beer and holiday cookies.

Fact: I’m not drinking and blogging… much.

There was a reason why I signed up for this retreat again.  And now that it’s said and done, I can add another reason why I’ll probably do it again: Spinning pretty much rules; Judith McKenzie pretty much rules.  This retreat was all about color, how we view it, how we use it, which ones we love, which ones we hate, and even learning how to like the ones we hate.  I still dislike pink, but that’s not for lack of trying.

Stephanie got us designing and charting fair isle.  She taught us about hues and values and how to put colors together in a sensible fashion.  Tina, the color genius, got us to sort of embrace our most hated color by using it as a base in at least one of our skeins.  Turns out pink isn’t so bad when you combine it with other colors.  And Judith showed us how to make batts on drum carders and how to combine colors when we spin.  My first attempt at plying at home before the retreat produced some really ugly shit.  But I swear, there’s something about spinning and plying in the presence of Judith.  All of a sudden your skills transcend into another dimension and you start churning out boucle and other amazing yarns.  Also, I’d be lying if I said that I wasn’t totally excited that she touched my wheel.  Yup.  I said it.  Well, at least I didn’t stutter and act all crazy fan girl like I did last time…maybe.

It’s hard to convey in words what it feels like to be around so many like-minded people.  The weekend goes by so fast, too, that it’s hard to even register half the things that are going on.  Maybe it gets easier the more you go, but I can’t imagine that it does.

I thought I had taken more pictures, but turns out I didn’t.  I posted the rest of them on my flickr page.  The photo of me dyeing was taken by Tamara (who if you remember, gifted me some luscious silk at the last retreat).  She was also a more diligent photographer and you can see more retreat photos from her here.