I will confess that the first day of classes I spent most of the night in the classroom spinning and carding. When talking to one of the other students we were a little loud and around 10pm were asked to be quiet because people were trying to sleep. I managed to finish what I wanted to work on, brought my notebook upstairs to work on, and finally slept around 12:30am. I woke up just before my alarm at 7am to drink an energy drink and get ready for the day. Okay, so I then went down to the classroom to do a bit of organizing and tidying. I knew that we would have opportunity to do some indigo dyeing that day, therefore I decided I wanted to have two skeins ready to be dyed. The first was a grey skein, the second was chocolate merino, they were both two ply yarns. As you can see the chocolate merino looked almost navy blue, in certain lights it looks almost black.
After those skeins I kept making embroidery yarn as well as using each of the colors of Shetland to make yarn to try colorwork knitting. I also decided to make a gradient of white, grey, and black, to try some lace knitting. I confess I wound up spinning and not knitting.
After an amazing day of spinning, dyeing, as well as carding wool, learning techniques, good food, and wonderful company, we were given an opportunity to do a bit of shopping. There was an alpaca truck (with alpaca) where I purchased some amazing random locks, a yarn truck (where I bought a Batt and Mini Skeins), and various individuals selling out of their trunks. I managed to buy a cross holder (for weaving), a shuttle, a book, and lotion bar.
The fashion show was that evening. There was some distressing news, we were told before the banquet that one of the instructors husband died and had been found earlier that day. The banquet was lovely, the stress upset my stomach so I missed the first part of the fashion show. I managed to see some of it, fortunately they had all of the models come through one more time. I then tried to go back to the classroom to find it locked. This turned out to be for the best since I spent hours listening to and speaking with the other students and our instructor, as well as discovering a brand of champagne that I not only did not mind but actively enjoyed.
The final day was lovely, with an amazing breakfast, decent lunch (with bread pudding) and a day working on our own pursuits. For the final day we learned about core spinning, making a lockspun yarn, and chain plying while inserting locks.
I will certainly be planning on saving for the next EGLFC in 2 years. I am fully converted to attending classes in person. This class has me looking at my stash in a whole new way. I love the idea of using some of this yarn as crewel embroidery. My mind is firing on all creative cylinders, I feel quite rejuvenated. Remember to live life A Little More Abstract!