Greetings from Lake Tahoe! Here I am at SOAR, exhausted but happy. The drive up from Los Angeles was very long and hard to do by yourself when you're tired and nervous. But a Starbucks frappucino and some french fries saw me through.
When I arrived and checked in, I was immediately struck by how different this was from a regular ol' fiber show. These people are Spinners with a capital S. I thought I had been spinning a fairly long time at 15 years, but many of these people have been spinning twice that long. These are the "big kids" of the spinning world, and I recognized many names from across the years and the pages of Spin-Off. I was very nervous before I arrived, after all I am here by myself with no compatriots to cling to. I thought "maybe they won't like me". But of course I was wrong, because, as I should have remembered, spinners are the friendliest, down to earth people around. I drank in the earthy, birkenstock-y, beauty of them, heaved a sigh, and said ahhh... my people! I know I'm going to learn incredible things from them.
I sat at dinner with Amy Clarke Moore, the editor of Spinoff, and a whole table of delightful people from Alaska! At the welcome talk I met another great group of women from Colorado and we talked about the kind of spindles we like, the merits of alpaca, the wonderful spinning network in Colorado... ahhh.... my people!
The area is gorgeous, tomorrow I'll have pictures (sorry too little time and daylight tonight). There was a bear sighting already! I hope I get a little time to go hiking. The weather is a nice nippy temperature and there are so many beautiful sweaters traipsing about.
OK, off to the hay.... breakfast is at 7:30 am tomorrow.