After every fiber show, it seems that "re-entry" to normal life takes a few days. (grin) Time to unpack, answer emails and phone calls that came while we were gone, fill orders that were placed during the weekend, and generally get back into the daily routine of life. Monday is normally the most hectic, as I am also answering all the messages at my office - and this past week has been no exception.
We just returned home from a wonderful weekend at The Seatac Knitter's Expo. Here are a few photos of the booth just after the initial set up.(as per my usual habit, I did move things around a bit more the next morning, but this gives you an idea of what it was like) I was actually so busy during the show that I didn't pull out my camera even once after the initial setup.(silly me) Whenever we are busy, I find myself completely engaged with helping whomever is right in front of me, and then it seems as soon as we are finished, the next person steps forward... thus, the thought of taking photos slips my mind (or is it that my mind is slipping?) Either way, I'll make an attempt to get some 'people' photos next time. (smile)
It was a fabulous weekend - made very joyful by the many people who came by to say hello. One of my favorite things about having a booth at fiber shows is when people return to share with me all the beautiful garments they have made from yarn and fiber that they bought from us. The creativity is awesome. (and perhaps next fair I will remember to click photos during the day) Seeing people be excited and creative is what makes all the work worth the effort.
One of the many people who stopped by was Megan - she brought the lovely scarf that she made from her handspun Chasing Rainbows bombyx-merino yarn. (colors Chantefleur and Primrose). She had sent me this photo a few weeks ago. It was even more beautiful in person.
We are adding a lovely line of hand made shawl pins, created by artist Leslie Wind from New York. They sold really well at this show, and I think that they will be a big hit on the website. Hanging right beside them are the lovely wristaffs that Beki makes.
I taught about 20 more people to spin on Turkish Drop Spindles - it was very fun. I completely enjoy the look of delight on each person's face when it suddenly dawns on them that they are spinning ! They're really doing it! While it appears to be a complex, impossible task, suitable only for the strong of heart, and nimble of fingers, the truth is that it is extremely simple, straightforward and natural....little children all over the world have been doing this for centuries.(smile)
And while I admit it takes quite a bit of practice for most of us (myself included) to achieve a teensy-tiny-itsy-bitsy yarn, the basics of "spinning" are completely simple and easy to learn. I remind people that the very first yarn they create will be irregular, unique and usable! Spinning is meditative, and remarkably easy - (it is often our desire to create a yarn that looks 'store bought' that makes it complex). For those who are able to set aside their notion that "yarn" has to be perfect in order to be yarn, spinning can be a fun skill to learn in a relatively short period of time - (say versus downhill skiing or rock climbing) All this is not to say that 'perfectly spun' yarn is a bad goal per say, just that it isn't required to enjoy this hobby. There are many amazing spinners out there who are far more skilled than I - and I completely admire their beautiful creations. They are the true spinning "teachers" of the world. I still consider myself a '"student" of this amazing art. I hope that I am not inadvertently offending any of the remarkable spinners of the world - rather I'd just like to encourage all you curious folk out there to give it a try - and don't be intimidated by how complex it appears.
We had lots of other "goodies" in our booth as well, but that's for another story (smile) You'll just have to stay tuned!
Here's yet another peek at some of the little things - (we'll be adding them to our website as well very soon) And if you look amid the fiber in a couple of the other photos, you'll see some other cool gadgets as well. (just think of it as a treasure hunt!)
Thanks to all who came by and were brave enough to take the plunge and learn to spin- I enjoyed every moment of teaching you - the giggles and laughter over "dropped" spindles was fabulous. And thanks again for all you bloggers who came by and introduced yourselves. It is great fun to put faces to the names. It feels like the world grew much more cozy after meeting all of you!
I did indeed enhance my own personal stash (how could I not?!) - if the sun is out tomorrow I will take some photos and share it all with you. It appears that my small loom has been calling my name.