Last week was such a hard week, I decided on Friday to run away from home. I had friends who were vending at the Midwest Fiber and Folk Festival and this weekend was the monthly meeting of the LACE group in Chicago. So I decided to go up for the meeting and then head further north for the festival. There's no better therapy after a really hard week than being among my people - the people of the fiber.
Unfortunately my weekend started at 7am with me at the ATM discovering I didn't have my checkbook with me. I'd had it out the night before balancing it and hadn't been out of the house since so I knew it was in the house. I went home to grab it and after tearing the house apart for an hour and a half, decided to go on without it.I never did find it and had to report a lost card to the bank this morning but the most important thing was that it made me late for the LACE meeting. They were having a program on the crocheted "crocodile" stitch which sounded really interesting, even though I'm not that crazy about crocheting with yarn. I got to the meeting as people were leaving but the lovely teacher (whose name I didn't even get) stayed and walked me through the beginnings and gave me a copy of the pattern. See what you think:
At the festival, I ended up getting the most beautifuly hand-thrown teapot (sorry, I don't have a photo handy) and fiber. Lots of fiber. 19micron Merino. Merino and silk. Merino and kid mohair. All in white. I'll probably dye the merino/silk and maybe the merino but the merino/kid mohair is going to stay in the lovely natural white.
I can testify to the fact that if you get your butt kicked at work, what you need is fiber and people of the fiber. That makes everything better!