This Saturday the lovely ladies of Portland Knitters On The Town took a field trip to NETA‘s Spa, Spin and Knit weekend up in Freeport, where the Hilton Garden and Haraseeket Inns were crawling with Spinners and Knitters from throughout New England.

PKOTT at SPA

Many were day trippers like ourselves, but others from New Hampshire and Vermont came to stay for the whole weekend. The Hilton was sold out – primarily to knitters and spinners. It was great to see so many fiber lovers in one place!

Maggie Spinning

Spinners at NETA SPA

There were also a ballroom full of the usual merchants, but being pretty stocked up at the moment, I only purchased a card of beautiful pewter buttons that made me think of a new sweater design almost instantaneously.

Beautiful Button

With so many spinner around I was inspired to pull out my spindle, which I haven’t touched since sometime in late September/Early November, when Christmas and other deadline knitting kicked in.

A full spindle

So while I didn’t purchase any yarn, I did come out of the event with some new yarn. Which as Mr. Cleaver accurately described it, “feel like you hair after a day at the beach.” It’s llama, and yes, it’s a bit straw-like. I’m hoping it’ll soften up a bit when I wash it (which it seriously needs – so much dye transfer!!), but I’m proud of the thinness and relative evenness of this skein. Inspired, I started spinning it’s companion purple fiber last night.

Skein of Llama

We also made side trips to a BBQ joint and a fabric store. So all in all, it was a good day. 🙂

Chicken Fat Qtrs

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