Monday, February 13, 2012

Rhode Island Weekend

I'm back from a lovely time at Slater Mill.  The weekend in pictures . . . 

Slater Mill is located in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.

The mill was the first successful factory in the US and produced cotton thread.

Where there's a mill, there's a river.

This river includes an interesting piece of art work.

A thread-like sculpture spans the river.  At night the sculpture is lit. You can see a nighttime shot here.  

The mill is also home to this appropriate spindle-like sculpture.

The inside of the mill has been restored.

There is old equipment.


And many more bobbins.

The weekend included classes on thrumming, finishing, knitting with beads and more.  There was also a marketplace with a well-rounded mix of vendors.

Knitting pins, buttons, key chains and more from Katy Westcott.

A colorful display from North Light Fibers.

I lingered in their booth and came away with a yak blend yarn I couldn't resist.

Leslie Wind was on hand.

She had many goodies including these gorgeous yarn needles.

There was a bit of construction going on in her booth.

Vintage knitting needles repurposed on the spot into shawl pins.

Nothing beats a relaxing weekend in a picturesque setting.  The fiber community in Rhode Island is very active, energetic and passionate.  I enjoyed seeing familiar faces and making new friends.   There was time to share knitting projects and opportunities for lively conversation. Thanks to all who helped make for such a wonderful weekend.

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