For those of you who are spinners out there - you have probably heard of a really neat tool called a Woolee Winder. This fancy little tool winds on your handspun evenly, without having to stop and change hooks, allowing you to spin more quickly.
Pat Maley and I were Team Trouble at this contest. We won "Most Creative" and co-won "People's Choice." That's me on the left with the hat we made in an hour.
Spin-Off Autumn Retreat 2010 happened. It took place October 24–30 at the beautiful Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan, Wisconsin, while autumn leaves carpeted the grass, flocks of geese bobbed on the misty surface of the lake, and gray squirrels squirreled away nuts, taking little note of the spinners gathering—arms laden with spinning wheels and bags bulging with soft, riotously dyed fibers. Some arrived slightly anxiously because they didn’t know a soul, while others arrived eager to meet up with friends met at previous SOARs. All left with hearts full of new friendships as well as heads and hands that had acquired new skills. Quick videos were shot of how to separate a dual-coated fleece; locks of fiber were exchanged; and lace shawls, finished the night before, were donned, paraded, and sincerely admired. So much happened during the week that it is hard to sum up—but I will attempt to describe the final act.