Update, organize, advance!

1 July 2008 at 10:55 pm (General Housekeeping) (, , , , , , , , , , )

The update: My dad is still in the hospital in Tampa, but due to schedule conflicts Mom and I came back to North Carolina this weekend.  It was a long drive but there are lots of craft stores along the way 😉  She’s flying back on Thursday for the long weekend but I can’t handle that much flying so I’ll be here on my lonesome with a huuuuuuge stash to play with!  We’ll have to go back to Tampa again to pack up his apartment by the 26th and move his stuff to NC, while he is being transferred to an Army hospital at Ft. Benning in Columbus, GA.  We may or may not be visiting him there, the schedule is tight as it is since I go back to the UK on the 30th.

Organizing: I have bought so much stuff!  I had ordered more fiber from the Homestead Wool and Gift Farm before I found out that I would be able to attend Convergence 2008.  No, not the goth one, the biennial conference of the Handweavers Guild of America.  I was only able to go for one afternoon at the exhibit hall but oh my, what a wonderful experience!  I don’t weave much yet (although that’s something I want to do more of in the future) but the vendors included sooooo much for spinners and dyers.  Dyeing, too, is something I have only toyed with really, but I hope to take a natural dyeing course through a lovely SCA lady in the UK if she is ever able to resume doing the courses.  Plus there was plenty of “weaving” (read: knitting) yarn for me to buy 🙂  So I loaded up a lot on fiber and yarn and got two new spindles, a nostepinne, a new lucet, some wooden bobbins, a sock loom from a company I’d never heard of before and several books for spinning on spindles. It was fabulous!  (And many thanks to Mom for financing it all 😉 )  Mom really, really fell in love with the Ashford Elizabeth 2 but I have yet to make up my mind as to whether I prefer a double treadle or a double-wide single treadle (like on the E2).  I just don’t know which is better for my knees.  And anyway, I want to get a drum carder before considering a wheel!  (Plus I am holding out for a reasonably-priced electric spinning “wheel” to appear in the UK, alas I can’t just get a US one because of the power/voltage issues :/)

We also stopped at 5 scrapbooking/stamping stores and one quilt store plus Michael’s had a big sale on scrapbooking stuff while we were down there and we hit a Hobby Lobby.  (No Serenity looms though, do they still make/sell those???)

So as a result of all of this wonderful stash enhancement, I’ve been spending most of today trying to organize everything so that I can get the most out of what little crafting time I will have available to me this trip.

Advance!  On to bigger and better things, I say!  I’m really gunning to get crafting, I just have several more chores and a few doctors appointments this week and then I can hopefully get my pics off my cameras to post them and also get back to making stuff!

Hope everyone is having a great week, and happy 4th of July to those who celebrate it.


PS. Don’t miss today’s episode of Yarncraft (the podcast by Lion Brand) which is on Loom Knitting!  I’m bummed that I never really got the chance to call in for it but oh well.  I’m going to go listen right now!



  1. Claire said,

    The Handweavers Conference sounds awesome. I’m not a weaver either, but I would have probably become one if I’d been to the conference! Glad to hear you’ve managed to enhance your yarn/fiber stash too 🙂

  2. purlpower said,

    Wow, shopping in the States sounds amazing!

    I’m afraid your package hasn’t arrived yet but I will keep checking our postbox regularly and let you know as soon as it does. Spanish post can be very slow and they are still catching up from the fuel strikes so it could just be delayed in transit…..thanks for thinking of me anyway!

  3. HollyEQQ said,

    Hi there!
    I sure wish I could have made it to Convergence. I had several vendor friends there and sounds like it was a shopping emporium!
    I was reading about your wheel quest… have you thought about a Babe? Nels is an inventing guru and could probably change the plug for you without too much hassle. I have a Babe Bulky but I have heard his regular sized electric is quite nice. And for the price……
    Anyway, just a thought so you can get your feet wet and capitalize on cheap shipping! They compact nicely so you could probably pack it in fiber in your suitcase. I boxed mine when traveling (the bulky) and it traveled like a champ. 2 minutes later I was set up and running.

    So, off to read more of your journey! Just thought I would say hello.
    Happy Spinning!

  4. Marcella said,

    Yes they do make and sell those you can only buy them at hobby lobby stores they do not sell them on line. If there in stock you can get them for 29.99 + tax.
    I did buy some and sell them on ebay for people that couldn’t get them. It was a 3 hour drive for me so I charged each of them $40.00 + shipping to help pay for the fuel.
    I am sorry if you don’t have the stores around you. They do sell the wooden ones on line. I hope this helps.

  5. Marcella said,

    I forgot to put email about the serinity looms.
    Also you should join our groups in yahoo loom knitting and hobby machines, circular looms.

  6. sandrar said,

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. 🙂 Cheers! Sandra. R.

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