Spin Quest 2013 Wrap Up by Spinartiste

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The following is an excerpt from the SpinArtiste write-up:

Wow! It is hard to believe we are already into September and the summer has once again slipped away. With Spin Quest planned for the end of August, we didn’t let the summer end without a big spinning bang!!

Like last year, the vendor line up was great in included:

Wild Hare Fiber Studio
Dream Come True Farm
Avalon Springs Farm
Gourmet Stash
Unique Designs by Kathy
Grindstone Ridge Farm
Flying Goat Farm
222 Handspun
Three Ravens Fiber Studio

And we had a houseful of talented, enthusiastic participants including a group of beginning spinners that got plenty of one on one time with Christiane Knight of Three Ravens Fiber Studio.  Melissa Yoder Ricks of Wild Hare Fiber Studio and Christiane Knight conducted several teaching demos throughout the day with special presentations from Pam Blasko of Dream Come True Farm and Karen Schlossberg of Avalon Springs Farm.  As for me, I led a special challenge activity.

One of the ways Spin Quest is different is that in lieu of having the vendors pay cash for their space, we have them pay with fiber which we then use to make up kits for each of the participants.  This gives the participants a chance to sample the fibers of each vendor.  The vendors and participants get to connect with each other in a more low key, less rushed environment which is nice all the way around. 

So, knowing that there would be a fun, colorful assortment of kits for the attendees to select from, I printed out a large collection of images.  Each participant was provided with a choice of two images and challenged to make their own interpretation of the image in a yarn during the course of the day.  They could use any fibers of their choosing — their kit, stuff from their stash or something bought from the vendors.  What happened was really pretty amazing.  I knew the yarns would be good but I had no idea they would be as good as they were.

Read the rest of the wrap up on Spinartiste