Saturday, May 24, 2008

Color Theory and Tropical Deco

My last post I was a bit disenchanted but life doesn't keep me down long. My work lately has been a little stressful and the weekly trips to Mexico are not much fun so I was looking forward to the Spinning guild today.

I was able to replace the Midnight merino roving for Mrs. Twisted that I gifted to my swap Pal last month as sock yarn. I also picked up some cinnamon colored merino roving as well just because it was hard to resist.

The program for the guild meeting today was dye theory given by Janel Laidman. Janel is a member of the guild and quite an amazing lady. A little Google searching and you see papers by her as a member of the chemistry and biochemistry department at UCLA and numerous teaching engagements at S.O.A.R. and the Madrona Fiber Arts Retreat. She heads the programs chair for the guild and what a wealth of knowledge and experience she brings.

You can tell she loves what she does.

Not everyone could make a chemistry lesson and color theory lecture so exciting.

This wasn't the only thing she had to share today. Wednesday her book was released on Amazon, The Eclectic Sole Socks For Adventurous Knitters.

We had were able to purchase a copy and she gladly signed ours.

Thank you Janel. Hard to believe, just a few weeks ago she was in our home helping a group of new spinners.

Today I met a couple really nice ladies who drive down from Santa Barbara to attend the Guild meeting when they can. What caught my eye was one of the wheels. It was stamped on the bottom that it was designed and made in England by SH Williams but it had a familiar look to me. It very much reminded me of the Heywood Wakefield furniture of known as Tropical Deco. The wheels are no longer available :(

What a lot of fun to hear stories from these two ladies who have been spinning for some 30 plus years. Notice the twine on bottom of the near leg, she told me she has 14 wheels and she has to hang them up to keep the floor clear. It always makes me feel more normal when I'm around fellow "enthusiast."

Hope you all have a wonderful remainder of the weekend.


  1. That is a beautiful wheel.

    That looks like a good book. I am going to hop over to Amazon and read about it.

  2. I'm going to be doing a series on "The Interaction of Color" if you'd like to read along
    and post your own reactions to the book we'll form a blog-ring.


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