I love doing fiber fair/gatherings as a vendor. It's a chance to spend time with good friends enjoying themselves. It's even more meaningful when they are enjoying your very own creations, which is still amazing to me! Seeing friends and their happy shiny faces is why I am looking forward to doing The Gathering, in Vermont this weekend. :-)
Having said that there is a certain amount of pressure and juggling that goes on behind the scenes to keep everything moving in a smooth flow. In addition to the Woolen Rabbit shop, I also have a pretty full time job working for a dog club as their Registrar.
Ken and I went out to dinner last Friday night and I told him that the song Under Pressure was stuck in my brain this week.....he looked at me like I had 2 heads. He had never heard this song before...can you believe it?? How much better can a song get....Bowie? Mercury? LOVE it! He must have been living in a bubble during the 80's.
Having said this..........as Ken likes to say...no one puts more pressure on me than I do myself and of course he is right. The little Deng Ming Dao quote is very meaning for me right now for many reasons.....
As I am thinking about setting up for a show, I try to think about which yarns I will highlight and what is the best way to show them off and how many skeins can I physically get dyed, wound and packed before I head out the door.
A sample of the yarn done up in a pattern is always a nice way to show people what the yarn looks like knit up.....so......3 days ago I set upon doing another sample in Mara using this pattern from twist collective, trying to keep it to 2 skeins. (yes you read that right....3 days ago..eek!)
Not having enough stitch markers I started using big paperclips. (new to me pattern /designer = stitch markers) Ok, well that worked for about um....one night before I bit the bullet and bought some cheap simple marker....lots of them!
3 days into it and I have finished the lace portion and have moved onto the short row garter stich portion. I am thinking (hoping) that this part will move along quickly now......especially since I only have 3 more days to get it finished...eek!
PS..........do you not just LOVE that little yarn bowl. I was so very fortunate that my friend Norma was willing to pick one up for me from Yellow Dog Farm. It's made of applewood from I believe their property. I absolutely LOVE it! Thank you Norma for sending this beautiful little treasure my way....I can definitely see one or two more down the road....
And with that I am off to stir the dye pot a bit more and knit, knit, knit.....