Beth Smith

A Solstice Celebration

I had big plans for updating this here bloggy all week but I got some bright idea in my head and that took up the rest of the week.

Wanna know what the idea was?I decided to rearrange a little in the shop. It actually should have been pretty easy but one thing always leads to another. So the Wall O’Fleece was disassembled.
Spinning wheels were displaced and moved and then moved again. Other shelves found new spots to be and big messes were made.
So here’s Michelle and Maggie reassembling the shelves for the fleeces.
Look how high that pile of wool is compared to the seven year old.
And here are the final results. This is the main shop room facing the front porch….
and facing the entry way.
Here is what I was calling the equipment room but it now has lovely warped looms and drum carders…
And flax in many forms and cotton in many colors…
AND the new wall o’fleece.

I love it. And the room holds the beautiful fleecey smell.

So, Lisa was quite surprised at the big mess on Wednesday when she came to the shop but we worked until she had to leave and then I worked and worked more and now I love it.

All was finished in time for the Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday. It was a great and fun day.
There was natural dyeing with two of my favorite Kathys. Tat’s one Kathy…dyer extraordinaire.
And the other Kathy who is also an excellent dyer – they are Fourth Coast Fibers and I have just started stocking their natural dyed laceweight yarns. The colors are unbelievable. I actually don;t want to sell any of it…but you know I will. Jsut come and smile at me. I’m kind of a pushover.
My darling Kat made an appearance with her friend Sandy. She’s always a delight and that laugh is quite infectious. I’m excited cause she’ll be back for Janel’s class in a few weeks.
Here’s the backside of my muse. And the front side of number 2 daughter Chelsea.
Here’s Jillian again from her other good side and Lynne who was my SOAR room mate last year.
There were actually lots of people but I was very busy and kept forgetting to snap the pictures.
Another picture I didn’t get was when Abby showed up in the middle of the afternoon. You know they were sort of in the neighborhood (central Ohio) so they thought they’d stop by. I was lucky to finally meet her man and the child and then we all went out for a meal that I really needed since I had only a banana for breakfast and two cookies and a handful of Chex Mix the rest of the day.
Finally, there was a drawing for this Amy Butler craft bag filled with fiber and a spindle and an orifice hook and one of my new traveling oil pens. Maggie chose the winning ticket from the box and the winner is … Jill Cooper. I will be emailing Jill right away to let her know she is the WINNER! Yay Jill.

So off I go to work on knitting the Abby Shawl. It is progressing nicely and I’ve promised to knit ten row today so I’d better get to it!

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