January spin-in is always the last full weekend of January, beginning on Wednesday of the week preceding that weekend. We are fortunate to have found a super conference center in Destin, FL. This was our third year in this facility. If interested, you can join the January spin-in Ravelry group (free-free-free)!
What makes Spin-in so special? It's the people--those who come year after year, those who learn of the event from a friend. Spin-in is never advertised. It is friend inviting friend--that is what makes Spin-in so special!
Yes, attendees like this new spinner! And a return attendee like Ron, who brings his 'spinning' wheel.
Ron creates premie hats to supply to his local hospital. Last year he accomplished 125 of these tiny hats. It's people like these gals, who show off their new creations from 2010.
We don't require all things to be handspun; just require you show off what you have made. Special people like.........
Rebecca who shows off her socks that were published. Hard to show off socks that you are wearing! And spinners who give to others.......
like Renee, who knit this prayer shawl for an ill friend, who passed to a better life, and the shawl came back to Renee--who thinks of her friend as she wears the shawl.
Christine shows off her triangle shawl that she made on her loom.
And giddy spinner, Dr. Meow, who loves to spin BIG yarn! the vendors love her!
Sandra shows off her recently completed scarf and below Valerie
show off one and wears one of her newest creations. Her hat is felted and she sports it proudly.
Some folks come to escape the cold weather in those northern states--like Char, showing off her
lovely shawl. And there are those versatile spinners, who take something old and make something new.
Paula decided she didn't want her 'old' sweater so she unraveled it and knit a sweater for her granddaughter. She also had enough yarn from the 'old' sweater to knit a American Girl sweater too.
And there are those who are handy with needles as they ride along to spin-in. This lovely dress was knit on the journey to Destin!
And Tonni is proud to wear her handspun wool sweater. She bought the roving at last year's spin-in, spun it up and knit her sweater to wear in 2011! what an accomplishment! And the wonderful people just continue on with Judy (another northern gal) who
was fortunate enough to gain a January spot in Interweave Press 2011 calendar. Another published author is
Charlene. Her sock patterns are used by many and now she has discovered weaving--handspun weft no less! Stay tuned for another one of Charlene's books to come off the presses in 2011.
Here is our Colorado gal, Marsha, wearing her latest shawl knitting. What color!
Looks to be a sunrise or sunset, which brings us to the evening on the beach.........................
nothing can be better way to close out the first day of spin-in--so we enjoy delicious seafood in a beach restaurant as we watch the world revolve around.