Monday, September 12, 2016

GAFF

I can't say enough good things about the folks at the GA Fiber Festival . I had such a good time this weekend- both as a vendor, and as a shopper. I got a chance to spin on my dream wheel the Kromski Polonaise. And I met the designer and mastermind behind the entire Kromski line, Daniel Kromski himself. I found some pretty things to spin on my own wheel, and sold fiber to some really great folks. The best part by far was meet the customers who came out to support the fiber arts. I demonstrated on my wheel all weekend, which is something I absolutely adore doing any chance I get. It draws people in giving me a chance to explain how the wheel works and to share my passion for spinning.

Here are some more photos from the booth:



All my handspun!


I had customers recognize me from Phat Fiber and Etsy, which was very cool! I completely sold out of my felted soaps which surprised me, they have never been a big seller online. The one thing I didn't sell was yarn, so I will have plenty to stock the Etsy shop when I bring it back from vacation mode. 

My mobility was limited, I used the wheelchair and my cane to limp around. My foot swelled pretty bad, but that was expected. Thursday I was the tiredest, I did the most walking that day. My boothmate did the packing up Saturday, which saved me a lot of steps and lifting. 

Overall it was a great experience and I hope I am able to go again next year either as a vendor or a patron. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Recovery and Beyond

I thought I would post a little bit about my recovery post surgery, since it's been just over a month since they put the operated on my foot. I seem to be healing well, and everything is lining up the way it should. I will have my stitches out on the 19th. I am using a rollator at home and a wheelchair everywhere else. I spend all day in bed, unless I am taking a shower or going to the restroom. Occasionally I might venture as far as the kitchen to make a cup of coffee. I spend a lot of time spinning and knitting and working on adult coloring books. I have gone through times when I had lots and lots of pain, and times when I had none at all. Right now I have occasional discomfort. If I am sitting up right too long, my foot starts to swell uncomfortably. Technically I am still supposed to be completely non-weight bearing right now, but I bend that rule every once in a while out of necessity or stubbornness. I am looking forward to having both feet back fully functional. I've been concerned that I won't be up and ready for my event in September, The GA Fiber Festival. I'll know more closer to time though. I just have to have patience and not try to rush things.

Today is the first day of school for R and B. We'll be doing Kindergarten and 3rd grade this year in our homeschool. I am pretty sure I am more excited than they are. They've had a relaxing month and half summer break and now it's time to get back into our old routine. Their co-op classes will be starting this week too, so it will all be very tidy. Maybe, lol! I am teaching an art history class for the co-op and I am really looking forward to it. I'll get out of the house once a week and see people and have some interaction.

Sunday we are planning to have R's birthday party. Hard to believe he's turning 8! He's such a big kid now. My little buddy is not so little any more.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Store Updates!

I am getting some new things up in the store today. I'm now carrying Merino and BFL top in 4oz sections, undyed. I'm also working on listing a bunch of new yarns, which is very exciting!






Friday, July 1, 2016

Surgery, And What Will Happen With My Shop

After many, many months (8 actually) it's been decided that the orthopedist will operate on my left foot. Thank my luck stars it's not my treadle foot! However, it will be a long recuperation process. I'll be non-weight bearing on that foot for a couple of months. So, I will be deactivating all dye to order items in my etsy shop on July 6th. Everything that is ready to ship will remain available. Hopefully by the end of August I will be able to be up and about enough to do some dying. And healed in time to go to my September show in Columbus. In the meantime I'll just keep spinning!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Redesigning My Business Cards

Having good branding is important. I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about the look of my old business cards, and how I wanted to update them. It was getting to be close to time to reorder, so I sat down with my photos and put something together:


All in all, I'm pretty pleased. They should come in the mail tomorrow from Vista Print. I also ordered some professional printed cuffs for my braids of roving and hanks of yarn! 

Thursday, June 16, 2016

New Yarns Abound

I recently added several new handspun skeins to the shop, and I have quite a few more nearly finished. I tend to get 4 or 5 done over a week or two, then set them all at the same time. Here's just a few that I have completely done and ready to leave the nest:





I've been doing a little experimenting with plying techniques. I've finished 3 different singles by plying them with metallic thread, which gives a really pretty, shimmery finished yarn. Two of which, Goldberry, and Twilight Waters, are pictured above.