While the East Coast was digging out from two consecutive snow storms in February, as soon as the airport was flying planes, I headed west to the glorious city of Tacoma. (To be honest since I barely left the hotel, I can't really comment on Tacoma other than the fact that they lacked snow and that was enough to make it glorious to me). The occasion was the Madrona Fiber Arts Winter Retreat. A great event should you be looking for some fun in February. I had missed my class with Kathryn Alexander due to the snow situation but had a fun class with Betsy Hershburg (check out that link she makes some incredible stuff). The class was on knitting beaded jewelry and it had the added bonus of resulting in a finished project.
After finishing this fun bracelet and a matching pair of earrings that still need findings, I ran around showing it to everyone who would listen. One of the women who shared the airport shuttle back with my teacher, Betsy, Stephanie, and a few unsuspecting non-knitting muggles, shared the sage advice: "Go home and make another as soon as possible." About a week after I got home I stopped by my local bead shop (is that a LBS?) and picked up some tubes of beads. I came home and tried a few gauge swatches. I then stopped by my other local bead shop and bought more beads. It seems I had rekindled my bead interest from high school (when I had to have my dad stop by the San Francisco bead shops when he was out that way for work). This spring break I became a little excited about the whole process.
I then realized how much I was spending on the individual clasps at Potomac Bead and ordered 4 dozen off the internet and I just received them in time to put them on the other 5 bracelets that I have made while waiting for them. I will take care of the finishing and take pictures and get them posted soon.