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Located in the East Bayside area of Portland, Maine, we strive to provide an encouraging community for fellow fiber-lovers by offering classes and carrying supplies for weavers, spinners, wet felters, needle felters, and dyers.  Stop in and let us help you on your merry fiber way!  

First Snow of the Year

PortFiber Blogginess

Casey and Julie's ramblings on spinning, weaving, felting, dyeing, and of life in Portland, Maine.

First Snow of the Year

Casey Ryder

This weekend is the first in a month that I have been home!  My weekends have recently been full of ultimate frisbee, a 60th anniversary party for my grandparents, and my aunt's wedding.  Lots of friends and family time, but I am so grateful to be home this weekend.  It's a PJs all day kinda Sunday as I sit and watch the first snow fall out my window.  It's a good thing I have a dog because otherwise, I don't know if I'd get any fresh air!  

It has been quite some time since my last blog post!  Allow me to update you on some exciting fiber things...

Medomak:

At the end of July, I attended the New England Fiber Arts Retreat at Medomak, which I have been the Director of for the past five years.  It a week of fibery bliss on a lovely lake in Washington, Maine.  People come from all over the country to knit, weave, spin, felt, and dye and to relax in a beautiful Maine setting with other like-minded [fiber-crazy] people.  We had a good bunch of new attendees this summer as well as fiber retreat alumni.  It was great to catch up with summer fiber friends and meet some lovely, new people.  And I taught Coils & Corespinning for the first time this year, which was so so cool!  We've set the dates for next year's reterat:  JULY 26-AUGUST 1, 2015.  If you're interested in attending, check out that link above!  Here are just a few pics from this summer:

A Celebration:

I celebrated my one year of shop ownership on September 30th.  For a whole week I had a big ol' sale at the shop along with raffle prizes and a silent auction!  I can't believe it's been over a year now since I bought the shop.  I am beyond thankful for this opportunity to be doing something I love.  I  frequently knock on wood!  Thank you all for your support this past year.  I wouldn't be able to do this if it weren't for your love of fiber and your willingness to support a wacky lady like myself.  

Instagram:

Why did I not have Instagram soone?  I do not know.  But I've got it now!  And I LOVE it!  If you want to follow me, check me out here:  http://instagram.com/portfiber

Personal Fiber Life:

What is currently on my needles, you ask?  I just started knitting Umaro, a blanket pattern by Jared Flood.  I'm knitting it for my friends Abbey & Jason who were married this past June.  I totally have a year before it's too late for a wedding gift, right?  Right?!  Eeep!  I'm knitting it in a domestic 3-ply bulky weight yarn.  I'm only like 6 rows in, but it is nice to be starting a new knitting project.  

I had spent quite some time on my last project, the Freosan shawl, designed by Bristol Ivy.  This coming weekend, I'll be attending The Gathering, a fiber event put on by the Northeast Handspinners' Association every two years.  It will be my first time attending and I decided to take part in their Fiber Challenge.  I was sent a lovely batt that included qiviut, mohair, merino, bamboo, alpaca, and silk.  The challenge was to spin and knit a shawl, cowl, or scarf.  And I was allowed to add any other fibers I wanted.  SO!  I took the batt they gave me and added some lightly dyed rambouillet, some silk, and angora and proceeded to spin that as a worsted weight singles.  I also made a small batt that was a 50/50 blend of cashmere and silk and spun that into a 2-ply laceweight yarn.  I've only taken a couple photos of the finished piece and they're not the best photos, but here's one to give you an idea of what it looks like.

Oooh!  I'm also wearing a hat in this picture that I recently finished.  I spindle spun up some Chiri Cloud 80s Vicugna Pacos [ohmigosh so soft! And available at the shop, might I add] during Tour de Fleece.  And I had some handspun Merino/yak/silk in the PortFiber colorway "Whitewater Eddies" in my stash.  SO!  I knit this hat with the vicugna pacos as the lining and ho.ly.crap!  I never want to take this hat off...

Pardon the selfies.  Another thing that happened this summer is that I dropped my camera on the pavement and there was no hope of fixing it.  So I got a new camera, but it's not particularly portable.  It's a big one!  Hence the Photo Booth pics.

Anyhoo!  That's what's been going on in my life.  I hope you're all doing well and keeping warm if you're in New England.  The snow is charming today, but I'm sure we'll all be tired of it in a month or two.  HA!