On Planning and Guilds

As alluded in the most recent WIP Wednesday, I have been taking my fiber world beyond the confines of my house, family and blog, and starting up a new group, the Georgian Bay Fiber Guild, based in Parry Sound.

We had our first meeting last night, and I think I can qualify it as a success.  Carla and I have been working it for a month or so and were ready, but there is nothing like the worry that no one will show up.

In the end, we had a great turnout for a first meeting, with 10 (including myself and Carla), and we had everyone from weavers, to quilters, to machine knitters, to rug hookers.  It seemed everyone had or is currently a knitter so it is neat to share so much in common and yet have so many other skill sets.

There are already plans for field trips (one of our members raises Churro Sheep) to workshops (another member is a registered, official rug hooking instructor), to weekend Stitch 'n' Bitch groups and the possiblity of road trips to events across Ontario (K-W 2012 here we come!).

It is so gratifying to meet a group of such impressive and skilled women (no men yet, but maybe one day), and have the chance to spin in public for the first time.

My wheel travelled beautifully (she is a Traveller) and worked like a dream, I think there may be a few more wheels out next time.

If you are in the Parry Sound-ish area and are interested in joining you can check out the website or drop me a line here or on Ravelry and I can get you all the details.

WIP Wednesday: November 2nd

Not much knitting got done this weekend, because I went to the Society of Ecological Restoration-Ontario AGM/Symposium on Saturday and volunteered on Sunday.  However, my blanket is going well, despite having to rip back about four times while working into the foundation chain.  Either way, I am going to be attaching the next color, an apple-y/grass-y green next, which should make the blanket less like neapolitain ice cream.

I am considering hibernating the mohair cowl, because I am not enjoying working on it, and I need those needles for a pair of colorwork mittens I am starting next, but not the Stragos I showed off a few weeks ago, but instead the Burnham mittens that were released yesterday as part of The LOFT Collection, by none other than Brooklyn Tweed (that man is out to get all my money).  So I either have to power through and finish the cowl, (because I am crazy, not a masochist, so I am not frogging mohair) or to hibernate it till my obsession with colorwork mittens dies down, which will not be till after I finish all six pairs of Winter Woodland Mittens (the October Pair is finished but not yet blogged) and all the pairs in the Loft collection.

The big WIP that has been taking my attention is the Georgian Bay Fiber Guild, an initiative my sister Carla and I have been working on this fall.  Our first meeting is tonight, and I will be taking my wheel, because I have have never spun in public before, we will see how that goes.