I came home with a souvenir of SOAR that a number of other SOAR-goers came home with: the crud. But there were many things I got out of SOAR.
Plying yarn is a great way to get a student used to the hand motions when working with a wheel.
Hand combs are pointy and will draw blood.
Fellow spinners will come to you when you look like you’re going to fall over from lack of oxygen even though it’s just because you’re breathless from walking to class from a meal.
If you need fiber to spin, you will get it from someone, no questions asked.
The mentors will answer your questions even though by Saturday they are zombies.
A charkha is not on my wishlist.
Internet notables are delighted to sign spinning wheels.
A travel steamer is excellent for setting twist in yarn and the Christmas sales are the time to buy one.
To do a quick twist setting and you don’t have a travel steamer but have access to a microwave, take a hand towel and soak it in water, wringing out the excess. Fold it so it will fit in the microwave and place the skein inside the folds. Zap it for one minute.
You never know what you'll see.
You walk in with just a few tools and leave with many friends.