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Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat 2007

Madrona Fiber Arts 2007 knitting seminar market vendor touch me yarn jeweled tones

For the past few years I have enjoyed this wonderful retreat in my own backyard. I have taken classes from Jean Wong, Deb Menz, Lucy Neatby, Charlene Schurch, Vivian Hoxbro, Evelyn Clark and many others. I had hoped to get into Judith MacKenzie McCuin’s Dyeing For Socks class. All the reviews I’ve read praise her teaching skills. It was full when I went to sign up.

This year I ended up taking lots of pictures instead.

Let me tell you, orange is definitely the color of the season. It was everywhere. I didn’t realize how prevalent it was until I got home and started processing all the shots. Even in pictures where I focused on blue toned fiber, subtle bits of russet and burnt orange ended up in the background. Especially in hand dyed sock yarn, I was hard pressed to find skeins without its overtones.

Hopefully this trend fades fast. Orange is the bottom of the barrel for me. I don’t mind small splashes now and then to help other colors pop. I just don’t want to be bathed in it.

Madrona Fiber Arts 2007 knitting seminar market vendor blue moon socks that rock yarn superwash wool blue orange

Oh, and a special thank you to the lady who stopped me twenty feet beyond the Blue Moon Fiber Arts booth. Apparently my backpack had snagged a Socks That Rock skein. It was literally hanging by a thread off one of the back zippers as I walked down the aisle. I would have been mortified if I ended up outside with it flapping unpaid in the breeze.


The Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat is on through the weekend at the Tacoma Sheraton Hotel. The Marketplace is in the Bicentennial Pavilion on the upper level and is open to the public.

Friday night, Fiona Ellis is giving a free presentation. As described on the web site, "Fiona shares her thinking and inspiration for creativity and design with slides and a talk entitled "The Knitter’s Muse". 7:30 PM – FREE."

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