I'm a member of the Twist 'O Wool Spinning Guild (Middlebury, Vermont) and a few of us attended SPA-New England Textile Arts in Freeport, Maine earlier this year.
The event is sponsored by three of the hotels in town and is always successful. My daughter and I, along with my fellow members stay at the Harraseeket Inn and we are treated like royalty. Dining is affordable and absolutely delicious with a multitude of entree selections.
This event has no classes, just very relaxing gatherings in various lounges and conference rooms where folks share ideas, skills and form new friendships.
My group selected "Frosted Leaves" by Louisa Harding to knit and model at the Saturday night fashion show. Due to fire regulations, the crowd is limited to 250 people and there are people standing outside hoping to get in if there are "no shows".
There's a real feeling of camaraderie. We received a standing ovation accompanied by cheers as we walked on stage as our group was well-represented and probably the largest group there.
My daughter and I were all smiles as folks complimented us on our scarves. It is so much fun to have a daughter that knits and spins as I do. I am quite proud of her for many reasons.
There were many, many wonderful gifts from various vendors who sponsor this event. It is exciting, absolutely exciting especially when I won one of the top prizes....a one night stay at the Hilton.
I have no shame. I will soon brag and show you the two shawls that my daughter knitted and were modeled by the two of us. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree.