Always a difficult thing. 5 of us spent a very satisfying and lovely 4 days out on Vinalhaven. We got back on Sunday afternoon, and I have been running ever since. Some work-related meetings as well as just trying to get down to business at home with all the crazy projects I have been wanting to try and do. It’s hot and muggy again as well, and I do not function well at all on these days. The Vinalhaven fiber retreat was balm to our exhausted souls! We all got quite a bit of knitting and spinning done, and we even had an indigo dye day, thanks to Pam of Hatchtown Farm. Once we saw what the results were like, we all scurried around looking for more items to pop into the bucket! One of our merry group grabbed an old canvas hat out of her car and I tie-dyed one of my beloved sleeveless t-shirts. What a hoot! Good times with good friends is what it’s all about. Now I guess it’s time to get back to the daily grind. And while I am doing that, I will be able to dwell fondly on the lovely, restful and fun outing that we were lucky enough to have. Until next summer!
Our little spinning/knitting getaway on Vinalhaven Island was a roaring success last Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as a much-needed recouping of positive energies.
Our little group always has a spectacular time, and we hands-down always have the best food. Too much, usually, and this trip was no exception, either. We did much cooking, spinning, knitting and a ton of laughing. We were almost sick the other night we laughed so long. But that’s what we needed, and to top it off, the weather was gorgeous! (The views out of every window and from the porch were spectacular as well, which doesn’t hurt!)
It was an amazing 4 days. Fantastic to be away, and good to be home again with husbands, grandchildren and extended families. And of course, I always miss my goatie crew :*)
Today was definitely Wet Wednesday. I don’t know how much rain we had, but during the night we had lightning that was too close for comfort, and at some point around 1:30 a.m., there was definitely a lightning strike in the neighborhood. Close. Even Tesser the Chihuahua zipped out from under the covers when that one hit. Everyone is waterlogged, but the weather sounds much better for the next 5 days or so. The paddocks are waterlogged and mucky beyond belief, but with the change in the weather, this should get better.
So at least tonight the rain has finally stopped, and our Treadler’s trip to Vinalhaven is all scheduled for tomorrow morning. I am very excited. I have to finish getting together my spinning and knitting projects, and will be ready and waiting in the morning. Nothing better. Spinning, knitting and great food, here we come!
Finally! We got the party off the ground yesterday, unfortunately without a few of our favorite people. The weather lent a lot of atmosphere to the day, but the snow was pretty persistent and when you live on a road that’s far off the main roads, it’s always difficult to predict the condition of the mains. The only reason this was an issue was because our friend Chris in Brunswick hosts the party, and that is about 20 miles from our house, but much farther for a few of the other members. So I picked up Pam from Hatchtown Farm, and our roads were atrocious, but then we got out onto Route 1 and everything was fine.
We excel at putting on a party that involves great food, fiber and friends. So we ate a beautiful meal and we did our show and tell with our island retreat fiber projects, which are totally awesome! (On our Vinalhave retreat last summer we dyed the fiber with cochineal bugs and some with osage orange, and each of us took two small skeins and some uncarded fiber to come up with a project). I knitted a hedgehog pin cushion, Pam made a beautiful wine cozy, Christine knit a fantastic warm and beautiful headband, Chris felted a snowman who wears a scarf knit from the yarn and is holding a heart made from the fiber as well. We are dying to see the project that our other island friend has made, but we will have to wait for that one. We also do a ‘hot potato’ gift pass around our circle which is always a lot of fun. I do not have my gift yet, as it will come from our friend who didn’t make it.
And so we finally were able to have an afternoon of laughter and fun. With a lot of great food! Now it really feels like the new year can begin!
Arrived back on the mainland last night after spending an absolutely awesome 3.5 days on Vinalhaven with 4 other Salt Bay Treadlers. Wow is about all I can say! We definitely had a fantastic and fiber-filled weekend. The added bonus was that the mainland continued with extreme heat and humidity until early on Sunday morning, while the island wind and water kept us deliciously cool. Not free from the humidity, but it was so much more comfortable that we were able to get a lot of fiber spun and knit. The friendship and fun made it an extremely rejuvenating experience.
I will share more of our fun in the next few days. Right now I will highlight our traveling photos. The ferry trip from Rockland, Maine to the island of Vinalhaven is about 1.25 hours. Delightful in setting up the anticipation on the way over, and restful on the way home, giving us a nice transition from the weekend. I love being out on the water and this was a real treat!
I am definitely looking forward to this coming weekend. Our little spinning group, the Salt Bay Treadlers, has organized a 3.5 day retreat. The Maine Spinner’s Registry does one in the summer and typically it takes place at a ski resort. Two years ago Chris, Christine and I joined the larger group at Sugarloaf. It was a fun weekend, although an extremely hot one.
This year 5 of our local group decided that we wanted to do some kind of get-away, but being a July weekend, did we want to go to the mountains, or possibly find a way to go to the ocean? Connections were made, and we ultimately found a house to rent on the island of Vinalhaven. It sounds like heaven right this minute, and I can’t wait to get out there on Thursday. The heat and humidity continue, making life and farming just that little bit more challenging. I really shouldn’t complain, most of the country is experiencing the same weather conditions, so it’s not anything anyone else isn’t coping with. And at least close to the coast we are finding occasional onshore breezes every once in awhile.
Nonetheless, the thought of some time closer to the water with plenty of lovely walks, swimming, time for spinning/knitting as we please, and good company, is a powerful one. Indeed, I find the preparations are a large part of the enjoyment of the weekend. All of us are trying to decide what special projects we can take with us to work on, which books to pack, and also preparing all kinds of great food to share. We are actually quite organized, and hopefully we have everything that we need, and probably will have a lot more! All of us are enthusiastic, wonderful cooks, so it should be a wonderful treat. I am hoping to have lots of lovely photos to share when we return. I don’t believe that we will have internet access, which should make the weekend even more relaxing :*)