More Festival Frenzy
First there was the Fall Fiber Festival at Montpelier.
Then I had a spot in the traditional handcrafts section at the ‘Festival of Leaves’ in downtown Front Royal – mostly I was there to demonstrate and only took a small part of my inventory, but I did sell some things, and got to meet a lot of local people, both other knitter/crafters, and some people who had never seen spinning before!
Next, it was to the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival in Berryville – I love this show! Indoors, nice people, great attendance, but not too crazy. Lots of people took the opportunity to test drive one of the Spinolution wheels.
The highlight for me was when Barbara D, a brand new spinner who tested a Mach II at Montpelier then ordered one came to my booth to show off her first skeins of handspun - and they’re gorgeous!
Barbara gives credit to the wheel, which she said is so easy to understand and spin on — but I know natural talent has something to do with it too! Congrat, Barbara, on some lovely handpun (I’m sure there are baskets-ful sitting around your house by now!)
That’s it for 2009 as far as wool festivals are concerned, but I’m only mid-way through shows this season.
Next up — the DC Craft Mafia ‘Holiday Heist’ at the Soundry in Arlington, VA on November 21st. I’m really excited about this one – it’s a juried show, with an ‘urban vibe.” I was really excited to be selected to participate – I’ll be focusing more on handspun and finished items, though I’ll still have some spinning fiber along, for anyone who wants to stop by for a fiber fix.
The Saturday after Thanksgiving, I’m considering hosting a Spin & Knit-In at my house. Maybe with some warm cider, a few cookies, wheels to test and yarns/fibers to fondle as we sit around and work on Christmas knitting. Does that sound fun? If you’re nearby and would like an invite, please send me a note.
Soon after than, look for me at the ‘Downtown Holiday Shop & Stroll’ in Silver Spring Maryland on December 5th, another juried show, this one outside, so I’ll need to be wearing as well as selling my woolies!
Last, but not least by any means, is the ‘Handmade Holiday Boutique’ in downtown Front Royal. This is in my hometown, and I’m one of the organizers. It is being held in the Blue Ridge Arts Council gallery on Main Street, and is also a juried show, for quality handcrafts of all kinds (made by the vendor – no imports, resells, etc). Vendor applications are still being accepted through November 16th, so if you know of someone who may wish to participate, please let them know! Contact me with an e-mail address and I’ll get an application to you right away. Oh, and mark your calendars for these events, and come see me! If you can’t make it, you can always shop online! My etsy shop is stocked and ready!
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