Posted by: Mare F | September 7, 2011

Off to the fair

This weekend, well on Saturday and Monday afternoon, I am helping out my friend Ginger in her booth at the Goshen Fair in Goshen, CT. Ginger owns In Sheep’s Clothing in Torrington, CT and it was  year ago this weekend that I first started lending a hand or two in her booths. It was also a year ago this weekend that I considered getting a loom.

I watched Ginger weave up the loveliest scarf out of Fiesta La Boheme yarn on her Rigid Heddle loom and it really caught my eye. I fell in love with the exact yarn that she was using, but couldn’t come up with a knitted or crocheted pattern that I both like and could afford the La Boheme yarn to make. Seeing the scarf that she wove up out of one skein moved a loom into the “in the future” portion of my brain. I mentioned it to Doug that night.

Of course, this is really the beginning of my trip into the rabbit hole. Doug bought me  an Ashford 24″ Rigid Heddle loom for Christmas 3 months later and here we sit. I still haven’t made a scarf out of the La Boheme, but that’s because I just haven’t gotten to that particular skein yet. I’m having too much fun with my stash!

Now to meander back onto my original path. I love autumn and I enjoy fairs. This is the fair that lets me know that it’s time to start tidying up my yard for the winter, setting up the house for the upcoming winter, and laying in fiber supplies for the long, cold season to come. Not that I don’t go out in the winter, it just takes more incentive to do so. I’m looking forward to seeing the exhibits, meeting the people who visit the fair, and maybe, just maybe, eating food I wouldn’t normally eat. There is a little bit of everything there and it’s sometimes a very difficult decision, but one that is ultimately very satisfying.

I’m also a bit excited to be looking at the fair with new eyes. I know that there was a woman spinning there last year that I noted, but didn’t really notice, if you know what I mean. It will be fun to see how much I’ve missed in past years.

As an added bonus Reggie  my favorite potter, will be demonstrating there and I will get a chance to find out what new items she’s making. In the past I’ve gotten cat vases and a fish windchime so I’m looking forward to talking with her and making a date to go to East Knoll Pottery to see her creations. I know she has a butter dish with a cow on it that is just waiting for me to come and buy it.

The project that I’m bringing with me today is a shawl made from Universal Classic Shades yarn. It’s a Universal pattern and I’m making this one for Ginger to show in the shop. THEN I’m getting the beautiful deep blue  yarn to make one for myself. Pictures to come. Oh, and while I sold 1 of my felted hats, Ginger and her daughter Olivia managed to outshine me by selling 10! A good weekend was had by all.

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