SPA was, as always, lovely. Honestly, what’s not lovely about 3 days full of friends, fiber, food and fun?
Sharon, Jo-Ann and I left Thursday at lunch time and arrived in Freeport around 4:30pm. We immediately saw our friends Kelly and Diane in the lobby and we spent the better part of the afternoon spinning with them. The rest of the evening passed quickly with dinner and drinks, more spinning, some knitting and lots of laughing.
Friday is the first “official” day of SPA and our friends arrived throughout the day. We chatted and visited, snuck into the vendor room during set up to see Kim and Judy, spent more time spinning, knitting and laughing.
Oh, and I bought a wheel. No biggie.
Saturday was more of the same but with more people around. I had fun spinning with my new wheel while visiting with everyone. We did a bit of shopping, had lunch at the Freeport Chowder House, ate dinner with a large group at Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern, and stayed up until the wee hours making the most of our last evening to hang out with our friends.
On Sunday we got up and had breakfast and then spent the next two hours saying goodbye to our peeps. These weekends go by so quickly but we always create such lasting memories. The things that will stick with me this year: Sharon “borrowing” a candle from a restaurant, my automatically refilling bourbon glass on Thursday night which Diane declared a “bourbon miracle”, Terry’s new fondness for martinis, beer and Drambuie, the look on Judy’s face when a friend gifted her with a beautiful shawl to replace the one that was stolen out of her booth at the New England Fiber Festival, Laurie’s Public Toilet Emergency Kit, flashing rings, tiaras (just say NO), holding babies, the laughter of Cheryl’s little girl, and so many more that would take way too long to explain.
I’m already counting the days until SPA 2013.
It was just the best. You are one of those most responsible for my constant laughter.
Sounds like a fabulous weekend, I am a bit jealous of both the experience and your new Sidekick!
Thanks for the recap! When I saw the wheel picture, I thought, “hmmm, what’s that?!?!?”
Sounds wonderful, as always. Some year ….
It was fun and exactly what I needed. And that is wheel number ????
I think it was the best SPA yet!
Spending a weekend with great friends, laughing, knitting,
spinning, drinking, etc. – Priceless!
Sounds like heaven! You grrls know how to create the best of times!! Love the new wheel. Tell more!
Fun, fun, fun! Glad you had a wonderful weekend, and oh, those drinks look good!
Didn’t we have fun?? Spa and Rhinebeck are my two favorite events each year and I think it’s because I get to spend time with you. 🙂
What fun! I have both fiber retreat and wheel envy.
I’m interested to hear how you like the sidekick.
That looks like such a good time. I’m suffering from some serious fiber gathering withdrawal. I need to be among the yarn folks again soon.
Seanna Lea says
It sounds like a wonderful event.
If you bought a new wheel, does that mean that you might sell one of your old wheels? Not that I’m in the market per se. *grin*
Kathy B says
I wish i had gone too!! The shawl story is so sweet. All your images scream: Knitting fun with friends
What a wonderful weekend! Everything sounds just perfect. So glad you had such a good time!
I knew you would all have a great time! There is nothing like spending time with fiber friends.
How do you like the new wheel?
These pictures are all really pretty. Looks like you guys had fun! And what’s the deal with you and magically re-filling drinks?!
Our husbands are wonderful; dogs and kitties are precious companions and our homes are our havens. But…there is nothing like a great weekend with those who share the fiber obsession to recharge and make memories! what fun!
I would like to put a sting operation together to find out who’s stealing from our vendor friends. I didn’t know Judy lost a shawl at NE. Let’s nab them!
But first let me go buy some Drambuie…
Sounds like a great weekend Carole! I think I need to go away; nothing like hanging out with your knitting peeps. Glad you had such a grand time.
Teresa C says
Sounds like a fun time was had by all. Wait. I was there…… 😉
By all accounts, a perfect weekend! So many smiles!
Wonderful! Nice to see so many familiar (smiling) faces!!
Sounds like a fantastic weekend!