Later this month, we’ll be heading to the Ply Away retreat in Kansas City, Missouri, and we hope to see you there! We know that many spinners will be packing up their spinning wheels to participate in this weekend of fiber, fun, workshops, and more (you can find out more about the Ply Away retreat here on one of our recent blog posts).
This got us thinking about traveling to other fibery destinations such as workshops, retreats and sheep and wool festivals, specifically when it comes to the logistics of packing everything you’ll need for your trip. Obviously, clothes and toiletries will be at the top of your list, but if you plan on taking a spinning workshop while you’re traveling, you’re probably going to need some supplies. Most classes will let you know what you need to bring ahead of time, so be sure to consult your class list to make sure that you don’t forget any of the required supplies.
We recommend the foldable S95 Victoria spinning wheel, which folds down to some very suitcase-friendly dimensions (14 x 36 x 55 cm / 5 1/2″ x 14 1/4″ x 21 3/4″). The Victoria includes a lazy kate which can also easily be stowed away in your luggage, and spinning fiber makes great packing material to keep your wheel, kate, and bobbins safe and secure while you’re in transit. We do recommend a specially-made carrying case (shown below) to make sure your wheel survives the journey with nary a scratch, however!
If you’ll be taking a class on fiber prep, you’ll probably want to take your own hand carders so that you can learn the techniques on familiar equiopment. Another travel-friendly option is our blending board, which is compact and could make the trip safely wrapped in a couple of bath towels to ensure that none of the other items in your luggage snag on the carding cloth. Obviously, we wouldn’t recommend this as a carry-on for air travel, but if you’re driving, taking the train, or planning to check your bag for your flight, the blending board can be a great travel companion!
We are planning to attend these upcoming spinning and weaving events:
Ply Away – Kansas City, Missouri
April 21-24, 2016
Convergence Conference – Milwaukee, Wisconsin
July 30-August 6, 2016
To find an upcoming fiber festival or spinning/weaving event near you, click here to visit the Spinning and Weaving group website to view events by location.
Calling all members of #TeamLouet for Spinzilla 2015! If you will be attending the Ply Away retreat, let us know! Our team captain Stefanie is planning a meetup for any team members who helped us spin to our victory last year; look for a message from her in your email inbox, or get in touch with her via Ravelry PM for details. Not only will you get to meet your fellow teammates in person, you’ll also get to see the golden niddy noddy you worked so hard to win!