It's MY Friday
Loksins!

There's More Pretty Grrls Than One*

The mountains of Estes Park are imprinted on my brain and so, 'my' mountains look somewhat new and foreign.

Viewfromourlogcabin

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The trip was over so quickly (sigh).  It wasn't so much about fiber...it never is.  I wouldn't travel that far (8+ hours by car) to buy even the most precious of spinning/knitting fiber...ever.  I would drive longer than that to meet up with the best group of grrls on the planet. 

Agaggleofgrrlsatthestanleyafterdrin Lauracherylchriskaren Miriamwassohappyshewasdancing

Laura, Karen, Jane, Cheryl, Mim, Imbrium, Chris, Val, & Anne (in no order)

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Laura & me,  Cheryl, Karen, me, Val, Mim, Val

Marisaandmimknititngwithourveiw Wesatandknituntilthedrinkscame Kareninherprettyblueskirt

Imbrium & Mim, the whole group at The Stanley for cocktails, Karen

Happyshoppersatestesjulieandfriends Estesskyandllamaparade Kristiwithherspinoffsocks

Julie (in red) and friends, llama parade, Kristi avec her Spin Off Socks

Michaelestacykimandothrs Llamawalkingaroundfairgrounds Erinandlisafromco

Michaele, Stacey & Kim, grrl with llama, Erin & Lisa

It was so wonderful to spend extra time with Laura and Chris, both who stayed in the 'Luxury Log Cabin' with us, the Utah Grrls, and to see so many more friends at the festival.  As it turned out, I was a lazy shopper. Not much spoke to me and I came home with little fiber, a bit of yarn, two spindles and a head full of wonderful memories.

PrettyspindleandfluffforspinningGraycesplainandfancywoolsagegreen_2 The only yarn to come home with me was from Grayce of Plain and Fancy Wool Co. It's Sage Green with Mixed Reds and it is a colorway that has been on my mind since last years Estes!  The only fiber I bought (for myself) was a gray cashmere blend, along with a pink 'everything' blend, from Bonkers. I had to have something to spin on my new polymer spindle. The other spindle is from Tracy Eichhelm and since Val, the hummingbird whisperer (they follow her everywhere) was with me, that's what I got, in her honor. Both spindles spin like heaven.

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There wasn't much in the way of fiber that was different or unique.  With the wealth of fiber shops in Blogland and the amount in my burgeoning stash it's hard to find something I 'had' to have.  So, that's it...more memories than fiber finds, which is just perfectly fine. 

*Lyrics by Woody Guthrie
Silly You-Tube version by the Avett Brothers 

Comments

Sounds like you had a wonderful time! You're right , fiber festivals is more about the friendships made and solidified. Pretty fiber and spindles.

Beautiful spindles. And I love the fiber festivals simply to share my love of fiber with others.

Sounds like a wonderful time!

Glad that it was a fun and friend filled weekend! Beautiful spindles too.

Oh man! You guys went to the Stanley this time! I wish we had done that last year. Sigh.
Sounds like such fun. I was there in spirit, you know.

sage green mixed with reds; aahh...thanks for the sharning lovely mountain. beautiful as always.

Sounds like a very good reason to drive 8+ hours!
Those are beautiful new spindles.

The memories are worth far more than any fiber you could have bought!

I am hoping to get to Estes one of these years.

Beautiful yarn! I agree friends at fiber festivals is the best part of going....so much more than the fiber :-) It looks like you had fun!

What beautiful new spindles you have to add to your collection! It looks like you had fun!

That's what I was disappointed about missing...the friends, not the fiber. And, I would have loved to visit Rocky Mountain National Park again. Love those spindles.

I love your Tracy spindle. Was he there in person? I'd love to meet Tracy and Jean.

Yay for wonderful memory-making!! I'm so glad y'all had fun -- never a doubt in my mind that you would, but still...

It sounds like a perfect weekend. Glad you had fun!

We're glad you're back, whether you brought lots of loot or not! Glad it was such a good time...maybe next year.

It really IS all about the people! Oh, and the mountains:) I am so glad you had such a good time.

Oh, it looks like it was so fun!

You are SO lucky to have so many wonderful friends!
The hummingbird spindle is gorgeous and I am loving that sage green and mixed reds yarn.

Furthermore your photos of those mountains are making me homesick for mine. (The Cascade and Olympic ranges in case you were wondering.) London is woefully short on mountains. And while we're at it...let me just say that the things they call mountains out here really don't even come close to some of the foothills where I come from. Le sigh.

It's really nice to read about such a lovely time had with lovely women (grrrls!). It makes me miss everyone back home, but also quite happy remembering the times I have had.

Thanks, Margene! You brightened up my day, even if I am a bit homesick. :)

Tracy's Comet spindle is probably my very favorite. I'm glad to hear Sir Spindle is still making 'em!

Ah, you are lucky to get one of Tracy's spindles! Every time it occurs to me to check his website, the workshop is closed. ;-)

And I know exactly what you mean about the memories being more important than the purchases. But I'm still glad you got to enjoy a bit of both! ;-)

Thanks for the memories - sounds like a song to me. I love the 'hummingbird' spindle!

Free Joho, pleeese.

Friends and fun is what it's all about. So sorry I didn't get a chance to hang out with you all this year, but definitely next year! P&F is the best! Some of my CO grrls were all over this year, after I've gushed about the yarn enough, I suppose :-)

you are a spindaholic. but it sounds like fun.

Looks like you had a blast and that hummingbird spindle is exquisite.

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