Thursday, February 28, 2013

Spring Fiber Teaching

Although it is most emphatically still winter here in northwestern lower Michigan, I am preparing for several spring teaching trips. Perhaps by the time I hit the road the snow will start to disappear. Perhaps.

I start my spring travels on the heels of the vernal equinox. To begin, I’ll be teaching at the Michigan Fiber Arts Symposium. This is a new event, sponsored by Michigan Fiber Festival, Inc. It will be held at the Radisson in downtown Kalamazoo, Michigan, March 22-24, 2013.

I am sorry to say that my workshop, Spinning & Knitting Energized Singles, was cancelled due to low enrollment. But my other two workshops are still on – and there is still room if you’d like to register. I’ll be teaching Creating the Yarn You Want on Saturday, and Blending Colors at the Wheel on Sunday. I look forward to spending some time in K’zoo (Here I come, MacKenzie’s Bakery!); I look forward to the Saturday evening banquet; and I look forward to sharing spinning with workshop participants. A great beginning to spring!

I’ve got two trips in April. First, I’m headed to Neenah, Wisconsin to teach at Midwest Masters 2013. This event is organized by Barb Cattani, owner of the lovely yarn shop, Yarns by Design.    It’s scheduled for the weekend of April 5-7. I’ll be kept busy teaching Variations on Long Draw, Exploring Basic Slip Stitches, Diversity of Wool, Extended and Manipulated Slip Stitches, and Circles and Hexagons: Knitting Petoskey Stone Medallions. I was part of Midwest Masters in 2010, and I do look forward to my second tour! Besides, I get to drive through the Upper Peninsula to get there; always a lovely drive.

My second trip in April is to Los Angeles! I’ve been invited to teach workshops for the Greater Los Angeles Spinning Guild. Workshops (and a lecture) are tentatively scheduled for April 25-28. As of now, they haven’t decided on which workshops. When they do, I’ll be sure to post them on my website Events Schedule. I do look forward to a trip from LA to LA (Lake Ann, MI to Los Angeles, CA)!

Two more trips are scheduled for May. I’ll be returning to Shepherd’s Harvest in Lake Elmo, Minnesota May 10-12. I’ll be teaching Spinning Super Stretchy Wools on Saturday, and Diversity of Wool and Mechanics of Your Wheel on Sunday. I really enjoyed myself last year, and look forward to another wonderful time at this delightful event. By the way, this trip means another drive through the UP.

The following weekend, I’ll be headed back to the UP yet again for the Spring Fiber Fling in Pickford, Michigan. This is a swell weekend get-away that I’ve been lucky to be a part of for a few years now. This year I’ll be teaching two new workshops: Seams to Be (a knitting workshop) and Mohair Locks Rock! (a spinning workshop). You can contact Lois Robbins for more information,

Whew! After spending much of this winter sequestered at home surrounded by snow, I will find the spring travelling to be a welcome change.

You can always find my teaching schedule on my website, Stone Sock Fibers, on the Events Schedule page. 

And you can always find descriptions of my workshops on my website on the Workshop Descriptions page. 

I do look forward to the many fiber folks I’ll meet on my journeys. See you there!

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