More Madrona

While classes are a central part of Madrona, they’re not the only reason to go. The market is full of yarn, fiber, books, and tools, and there are demonstrations going on in the rotunda. There is no admission charge for either of these things.

chicken boots knit project bag

I bought this very clever project bag from Saremy at Chicken Boots. The pocket shown here on the front is accessed from inside the bag, so your small items won’t fall out. Me? I’m using the pocket for my pattern, because the vinyl lets me see it, and it’s always accessible.

I met Henry and Roy Clemes through Brooke Sinnes of Sincere Sheep. Clemes and Clemes make all sorts of wooden tools: Drum carders, combs, spinning wheels, looms, blending boards, even this Turkish spindle that Henry is demo-ing here.

Henry Clemes turkish spindle

Clemes and Clemes Turkish spindle

The cool thing about this particular spindle is that it comes with several arms, and you can use as many as you want to vary the weight from 2 to 4 ounces. They stack on the square shaft. It spins very nicely.

Clemes and Clemes blending board

Roy was in the rotunda doing demonstrations. Depending on how you feed the fiber into the drum carder, you can get fiber prepped for worsted or woolen spinning. I had no idea. He made these rolags (for woolen spinning) on the blending board. Meg from NW Handspun Yarns stopped by and showed me how she was spindling long draw from a rolag. I’ve only spun worsted yarns, so now I’m very curious. Luckily, Roy sent me home with these rolags. Thanks, Roy!

I had fun talking to people who have knit or are knitting my designs, and saw some of my designs in the wild.

Jami's Rosaria

Jami from Knitting Bee was wearing her Rosaria Shawlette.

Anne's Aloha shawlette

Anne was wearing one of the three(!) Aloha Shawlettes that she knit. (Anne was in my lace class, too.)

Laurinda, me, Sara

And it was great to connect with other knitters/spinners I know. I had lunch with Laurinda Reddig, designer of last year’s Rose City Yarn Crawl Mystery Crochet Along, and Sarah of Bumblebirch Yarns. (photo by Laurinda)

I also spent time with Nadine Foster and Judy Becker (of Judy’s Magic Cast On) in the rotunda. They came up on the Traveling Ewe‘s luxury motor coach. What a great way to travel; all that knitting time while someone else does the driving! Although long solo drives are where I work on my harmony singing…

I had a great view out my hotel window. Mt. Rainier was just a tease on Thursday, but Friday’s sunrise featured a pink mountain

mt rainier sunrise

mt rainier

which made a grand appearance a little later, and then disappeared into the clouds again.

Did you miss my lace class review? It’s in the previous post, here.

Were you at Madrona? I hope you had as much fun as I did. I could only go overnight this year; too many things on the schedule. I’ll go again next year, and try to stay longer!

7 responses to “More Madrona

  1. I love your posts. I’ve never been to Madrona, but you’ve convinced me I’ll have to get there some day. (And I think it’s so cool that whenever you attend a fiber event, you spot someone — multiple someones! — wearing one of your designs!)

    • Thank you! You really do need to go; it’s a very nice event. Are you yarn crawling this year? I have 2 trunk shows: Wool ‘n’ Wares on Thursday afternoon (new space, yay!) and Twisted Sunday afternoon. Hope to see you around!


      • Yep, I’ll be crawling, but I don’t yet know what my schedule will be. I’ll try to hit at least one of your trunk shows! 🙂

  2. Gorgeous picture of Mt Rainier at sunrise! I wanted to take Ed to Madrona this year, he’s never been, but it wasn’t to be. It’s such a fun event with terrific workshops and vendors.

    Hooray, it will be fun to see your trunk show at Wool n Wares. I’ll be there demo’ing until 1pm that day.

  3. This was my first Madrona and I had a blast! No classes as its my first but I did enjoy talking with others and knitting and spinning 🙂

    • I didn’t take classes the first couple times I went to Madrona, either. The first time was to scout the market, the second time was to hang out in the Rotunda and shop the market. The third time I finally had classes! The wonderful thing about Madrona is the camaraderie of knitters and spinners. So wonderful. Classes are a bonus! I hope you get to do that some time, too.


  4. Oh, that bag is amazing!! Love the pattern, and that pocket placement is very clever — and you’re making great use of it!