i love this time of year so much. happy june and happy friday.
it's been really nice be at my job in a very part time way this week. i've been cooking lots, reading lots, eating lots, having lots of fun kid time, and just kind of trying to get my bearings back after last weekend. today i had a few decedent hours alone, and i used them for a yarn photo shoot. it was so fun and relaxing. the light was nice- bright but a little overcast, and the yarn seemed to be working its magic. when you take pictures of yarn, you can really get into all these sculptural qualities each skein has. i don't know- maybe that sounds weird, but that's what i was thinking about a lot today.
i am a little amazed by how much yarn i brought back from brooklyn, because i sold a lot there too, but there is enough for a whopper of a shop update. there was a lot of spinning going on here over the past three months of so. a lot of spinning! i'll be working on it (the update) in bits and pieces over the weekend, and everything will be ready to rock sunday night.
i'm kind of having a hard time knowing how to put the weekend into words. it all feels a little overwhelming and even though there were some very, very dark moments, a lot of really great stuff happened too.
saturday morning started off so well. i think that jen + i were both feeling organized and happy with our set up, and lots of really nice people were stopping by our tent. the weather was just what i had expected: sweltering, steamy heat. when the first shower hit, we scrambled to keep things dry, but the sky cleared, and i was feeling so foolishly optimistic that that was it. instead, it wasn't long before we got absolutely clobbered- torrential rain came at us from what felt like all directions, and there was some really scary thunder and lightening that seemed to be right on top of us. (i'm kind of amazed that no one was struck in the pool, seriously!) we were stuck in the tent for a heart wrenching 2.5 hours, not sure if all if all of jen's work was trashed, watching tent tops around us collapse under the weight of the rain, and feeling pretty dismal.
our hosts we so kind to let us take over their dining room with all our soggy wares. i had yarn and fiber draped over their dining chairs and they let me borrow a box fan to dry everything out. they were so nice. we wiped down jen's work and dried out what we could. i spent a good amount of time fighting back tears and just generally pretty crushed.
i really like heidi kinney's picture of the pool sunday morning. i think it sums things up pretty well. i was feeling kind of numb by the time we arrived, but the day went really well, and i am glad that we mustered the courage to return for day two. my heart goes out the vendors that weren't able to return for sunday. i know that some people experienced a lot of loss in the storm. the weather sunday was much, much better, although there were a few scattered showers, and i was feeling a little traumatized each time one hit.
the really great things that i am taking from this weekend:
the swalllowfield family made for lovely and fun traveling companions. i certainly would have never been able to make it to renegade without them. i love this whole family so much!
we stayed with friends in their beautiful brooklyn home, and they were so kind and thoughtful. i really appreciate all that they did for us.
we met lots of very nice people and got to see some friends.
i learned that people who love yarn and fiber will buy it, even in steamy 90+ degree heat
i learned that people who love yarn and fiber will buy it, even if it is still a teeny bit damp after a rain storm
i also learned that putting a drop spindle and a braid of fiber into the directly hands of someone who has never spun yarn is a wonderful kind of rush!
here's another look at my table from saturday morning:
it's really, really good to be home. my girl lost her first tooth on sunday, while i was gone. her last day of kindergarten was yesterday, and we are both ready to dive right into summer today.
tomorrow morning i am off to brooklyn for the renegade craft fair! if you can stop by and visit, the fair is this saturday and sunday from 11 to 7. i would love people to come over and say hello!
i am sharing a tent with jen, and i know that we are going to have lots of fun.
i spent most of today running around finishing up last minute labeling, weighing and just in general figuring out what felt like a thousand very little (but vitally important!) details. i then did a mock up of my table, which felt really fun after all the annoying teeny detail fixing.
i am going to have heaps of handspun yarn for sale, including a selection of vegan handspun that i am really excited about. i'll also have lots of handpainted sock yarn and spinning fibers, drop spindles, and a few other small goodies.