Spinning Tuesdays: Packing for Madrona or a Sidekick in a Suitcase

Tomorrow I leave for Madrona, the high holy fiber arts retreat/playtime.

I’ve saved money for two years to be able to go and I am quite excited, like the days before your birthday when you are 6, excited.

I’ll be there late Wednesday and I leave mid-day Sunday. So far I have packed 5 knitting projects and 2 spinning projects. I thin I’m a little light.


Here are the classes I’m taking:

  • Photographing your Fiber with Franklin
  • EPS System with Amy Detjen
  • Handcarding with Carol Rhoades
  • Recycled Yarn with Judith McKenzie

I have left Friday completely open, no classes – nothing, just playing/knitting/spinning time and shopping. Any tips on eating/playing/shopping in Tacoma are appreciated!


Did you notice I have a spinning class? That means I’ll have to take a wheel. So far, I’ve been a fan of the Schacht Sidekick as a travel wheel – it slides into tiny spaces when my car is packed.

But I really love this:

Sidekick in suitcase

That’s a 27″ Samsonite wheelie suitcase – look at all of the room left over. I can even bring clothes.

I borrowed the suitcase from Beth – the Sidekick Suitcase Saga is here on her blog.

Tune in next week for the Madrona report.


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Jillian is the​ author of the best-selling spinning book Yarnitecture. She is the editor​ of Knittyspin and Developmental Editor for PLY and PLY Books. She kinda loves this spinning thing and wants everyone who spins to love it too, so she teaches and writes a lot. She knits, weaves, and stitches and tries to do as much of it as she can with handspun yarn. She's always cooking up all kinds of exciting and creative things combining fiber arts. She likes her mysteries British, her walks woodsy, and to spend as much time as she can laughing. Spy on her on her website jillianmoreno.com

7 thoughts on “Spinning Tuesdays: Packing for Madrona or a Sidekick in a Suitcase

  1. Renee Anne

    I do love Amy Detjen. She’s hilarious. And Carol Rhoades is lovely, too. I took a sock knitting class from her at Wisconsin Sheep & Wool a couple years ago (while I was very pregnant – so it worked out well since we were making baby socks).

    I’ve been debating taking a class from Franklin Habit but I don’t think I’m going to be able to for a couple more years…

    I’m kinda jealous that you’re doing fun things.

  2. jacey boggs

    lady, I’m so sorry I’m not there the year that you are going. We’d have mad good times! Damn. Have lots of fun and drop my name a few times, okay? Lol.


  3. Leslie M

    You’ll love Madrona! I’m looking forward to my classes this year, but even better is the time just hanging out, meeting up and shopping.

  4. Annie J

    Some of my favorite places to eat and drink in Tacoma: The Parkway Tavern, The (Harmon) Hub and the Old Milwaukee Cafe (breakfast).

    This Thursday is also third Thursday which means there is an art walk and the History Museum, Art Museum and Museum of Glass (both easy walking from the hotel) are free from 5-8p!

    If you have a car check out Point Defiance Park.

  5. Emme J

    If you like pizza, The Rock is on Jefferson Ave in Tacoma. I think it’s open until midnight. If you want to check out some of the local rock scene, Hell’s Kitchen is a cozy venue.

    Don’t just hang out in Tacoma, though. Go check out Pike Place Market in Seattle. There are some great vendors all over the place. Visit the aquarium, and the Science Center. Most importantly, you have to go to Dick’s Drive In for a burger and shake.

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