FIrstly; because I have been arguing with my newsletter software, for those of you who expressed interest in the 2016 Coopworth Gansey yarn, I am pleased to report that it is back from the mill and sitting in my yarn room waiting for me to come home (which I shall do at the end of September). I will be sending out individual emails to people on the Coopworth Gansey yarn wait list before I start dyeing to clarify orders and etc, so start thinking about yardage. Hopefully I will eventually managed to send out a newsletter to folks on the wait list.
I have been back on the Sea Lion for two weeks now, which means it is just about time to write the round-up of what I got up to whilst on my last rotation home. But first, while my internet remains somewhat limited, I have been doing my best to regularly post to Instagram, where I go by @uptonyarns. My photos from my time on the boat are generally travel related more than yarn related, but I will admit that I've become a bit addicted to the ease of Instagram, and have taken to using it to showcase that one new dyelot of yarn that I dyed just before I left for the boat that doesn't warrant a whole newsletter (for instance).
While I was home this time I had the good fortune to be invited to vend at the the second session of the Tidal Tours Retreat in Machaisport Maine hosted by Jodi of One Lupine Fiber Arts and Sarah of the FiberTrek podcast. The retreat was based out of a house with one of the loveliest views I have seen in a while, and I admit that I got a bit sidetracked (and then totally failed to photograph it, because yarn-ish things were also happening).
I am looking forward to vending at the Highlands on the Fly retreat at the New England Outdoor Center in October.
After the Tidal Tours Retreat I followed Sarah back up to her lovely cottage on the pond in for a long weekend of catching up and making things. Sarah mainly sewed, and I took over part of her kitchen and yard to dye indigo.
She also filmed a segment with me for a further episode of her podcast, but I am much happier behind the camera and I fear I may have rambled unto incoherence. Hopefully she got something useable, but I may ask for a second try.
From there it was back to Worcester, where it was so hot that even the candle in candle holder above our mantle seemed to give up.
But I braved the warm temperatures and kept my dye pot anyway, dyeing quite a bit of my 3 Ply Cotswold fingering weight (suitable for Sanquhar) for Beth Brown Reinsel.
I believe that she is turning some of it into kits, so, if you are interested, please get in touch with her. You will also be able to find her this winter at the Spa yarn retreat in Freeport, Maine. I hope to have Cotswold back in stock for my own purposes sometime this winter.
And without triggering my superstitions by saying too much, I am very excited about a couple of things happening this fall. Very excited. Fingers crossed.