I have to say that having Woodland Woolworks in the neighborhood primed me for the experience of shopping the legendary warehouse. I have always said that WW is the Medina whereas WEBS is Mecca for yarnaholics in search of a bargain. I found myself right in that assessment. The warehouse at WEBS is well-stocked with bargains, including old standards like Plymouth Encore, Cascade 220, and Rowan yarns. There are also cones of yarns, novelties, discontinued yarns, and oddballs. But you can find good stuff in there.I did. I wasn't alone. Jeri, who met up with us there found a few prize skeins to add to her collection.
Friday night more of the list contingent appeared as we gathered in the conference room of the Paradise Inn for feasting on burritos and fiber. David of Red Maple Sportswear and Dr Mel arrived with goodies from Alpaca With a Twist for us to stroke, fondle, and buy. Ray of Knitivity sent up a sampling of his yarns and Barbara brought up rovings for the spinners of the group. Joy brought skeins of sari silk for us to choose from and other folks brought yarn to swap. The evening settled to conversations and demonstrations of different techniques. Spinners worked on wheels and knitters worked on projects, mostly socks.
Saturday was the big gathering and some folks arrived for the day. A group gathered in Sadia and Ann's backyard for a class in dyeing skeins and roving with acid dyes. Others watched Mel demonstrate the Sherman toe.
Sunday was our last day together. Like all the previous days it was graced with sunshine and unusually warm temperatures. One by one folks headed out their separate ways but leaving with a feeling that this weekend was very special. No personalities really clashed. No one felt left out. We had some great huggers in the group and lots of laughs. For a group of folks who just knew each other over the internet it was an experience that was unforgettable. I look forward to seeing these folks again.