Thursday, July 23, 2009
I've just returned from my trip North to Minneapolis. It was lovely. The weather was a welcome respite from the Texas heat, and the folks were as friendly and accommodating as ever.
I went North to teach a workshop on culinary herbs and making pesto. The workshops was hosted by the folks at Ripple River Gallery - a fabulous place to visit if your in Minnesota. You can read more about the workshop and see many photos of the gardens on In the Kitchen and the Garden.
In addition to the workshop I had an opportunity to visit with a whole plethora of creative people - weavers, knitters, gardeners, wood turners, singers, spinners, and dyers. It was a much needed shot in the arm, and I've returned with a renewed enthusiasm for fiber. I also saw family.
I had ample opportunity to experience some nature. I ran at the lake, walked the country roads, spent time in the garden. The air is clean and cool, something I miss here in Texas. The sky has billowy white clouds, something else I miss here in Texas. I saw Sand Hill Cranes - amazing. I saw a fox - with dinner in his mouth. I was buzzed by hummingbirds, and listened to the song birds.
I knit. Socks, of course. I completed the Stripey Eyelet Rib socks and started a pair of Tweedy Basket Rib Socks.
I visited the MN Textile Center, and The Fiber Studio. The Fiber Studio was new to me - the proprietor offers lots of fiber arts classes, and has a beautiful selection of roving, merino tops, some yarns, and fabric. I purchased a truly beautiful little collection of wool fibers, silk scraps, and cotton voile for nuno felting. If you are in the Minneapolis area, please make a stop at The Fiber Shop - times are tough all over, and she has wonderful selection of fiber-y goodness in a homey little shop.
It was a great trip - too short, very busy, inspiring, grounding, peaceful, lovely, and cool.