On Your Mark

The first gathering of the Fair Isle Winders was held today at the Greenwood Public Library. Ten knitters arrived with ziploc bags, scissors, umbrella swifts, chocolate, nutter butters, grapes, curry almonds and chocolate almond bark.


Kristi and Angela started by organizing the Jamieson and Smith yarn. They matched all of Linda Pahdoco’s labels with the yarns, and double checked the ball bands against her list to verify that we were all calling the yarn by the same name.


Thank you Linda for your meticulous work. It made everything so much easier to have these neat little packages bundled together.


Gail arrived with 24 balls of Jamieson already wound off into bobbins, earning the “Eager Beaver” award after spending thirteen hours winding before the party had even started. Denise spent the afternoon labeling these sets.


Jessica wound hanks of Jamieson and Smith onto bobbins,


as did Margarite, Marian and Naomi; all three left with a case of tennis elbow from repetitive counting and winding.


Linda K. painstakingly worked on labeling the bobbins so we could keep our Jamieson & Smith away from the Jamieson yarns. Considering the critical mass of knitters we have, don’t you think we could convince one of those two companies to change their name to something a little more original? How about the Shetland Wool Co.?

When it became clear that we could make a significant dent in our inventory if we just had more bobbins, Linda picked up her phone and started calling around to see which of the lys and fabric stores had bobbins in stock. When the Ballard Joann Fabrics said they had some, she dropped everything and ran out. Ten minutes later, she returned with sixteen packs. Yeah Linda K!


Denise brought a birthday present for Angela: a bonsai potato kit. “Everything you need to bonsai a potato (potato not included)”; Denise supplied a sprouting potato so Angela could get started right away.

After four hours, it was time to divide up the rest of the yarn and send everyone home with balls to finish winding at home. We’ll meet again at the same place on April 22nd to organize our complete sets. I’ll be mailing boxes out with yarn, bobbins and labels to those out-of-state knitters who have offered to help. As they say, “…many hands make light work”. Thanks for pitching in everyone!


7 Responses to “On Your Mark”

  1. 1 Barbara Monday, March 19, 2007 at 1:26 pm

    Thank you for the visual trip to the winding party. It looks like you all had a great and productive time. I am going to set up my umbrella swift in anticipation. Way to go girls!!!

  2. 2 Gail Monday, March 19, 2007 at 5:55 pm

    Great coverage, Leah! Thanks for the photos. We laughed all afternoon and got alot done. Thank you for organizing and taking care of the details. You’re a wizard!

  3. 3 marti Monday, March 19, 2007 at 6:40 pm

    I am such an idiot. I totally forgot! Sorry!

  4. 4 Angela Monday, March 19, 2007 at 6:46 pm

    Thanks for organizing. I’m looking forward to seeing all of you again next month.

  5. 5 Ryan Tuesday, March 20, 2007 at 7:14 pm

    Leah, I met you at the party at Janine’s on Saturday. I had no idea you had a blog! Cool!

    I have been hearing about the bobbin-winding from Gail so it was great to see the pictures of you all having such a fun, fibery time, and to see so many people I know, like LindaK, Gail, Marian (whom I also just met at the party), Jessica, Marguerite and Angela! Great pictures!

  6. 6 Jenn Friday, March 23, 2007 at 8:34 am

    This sounds like what I am doing for an internship- but its in to 100 yard skeins for dying, and there are ~ 65 kilos of it to wind between 3 people. And it breaks every couple inches because it is this poorly spun yarn.

    Yours sounds much more fun!

  7. 7 Marisol Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 3:43 am

    Wow! Thank you so much to all of your for all of this hard work! I will keep all of this in mind as I am experimenting for all of those planned fair isle projects!

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