Posted by admin | Posted in Uncategorized | Posted on 26-02-2011
This weekend is the New England Textile Arts Network’s annual event – called SPA by those who attend. I’d never been before but my friend Tina convinced me it’d be worth the drive. I want to vend at it next year, so I figured it would be a good idea to scope it out. This morning dawned beautiful and sunny (if cold), so my husband and I got in the car and headed South.
I’m definitely feeling the weight of my stash these days, so I wasn’t going to buy any fiber or yarn. The only things I really needed were sock blockers and a new bottle of spinning wheel oil because I broke the tip off my current bottle. My main reason for going was because honestly?
I miss my people.
Fiber people are the coolest bunch around. They get me. Here in Brownville people do not get knitting, or how I could possibly make it my business, or even what the difference is between fiber and yarn. And that’s fine – but it does make me miss those of like minds. Especially sellers. The fiber sellers I’ve met and vended shows with are a quirky, delightful bunch of smart, savvy women. I haven’t seen any other sellers since Fiber Maine-ia in October, so it’s been a while. It was beyond awesome seeing these women again. What was even MORE awesome was that they REMEMBERED me. Sometimes I still feel like the new kid, like the wannabe. It’s natural I guess for someone with an industrial-size inferiority complex. I’m working on it. Today I felt honestly like the new kid that had been accepted by the cool kids and got to sit at their table. I was giddy when Josette from Enchanted Knoll Farm promised to raise hell with me at Fiber Frolic this year. SQUEE! And Heather from Sereknity remembered my shop, too! So awesome. Both encouraged me to apply at more shows this year, saying that they would be awesome and I should totally do it.
That’s another thing I love about the fiber community – we all support each other and make room for each other at events. They GET it that there’s room in this industry for more than just themselves and are beyond willing to help and support newer vendors. I LOVE THEM FOR THAT. Kathy from Knitting Out Loud audio books who is quite possibly the world’s most amazing listener (she always makes me feel like I am saying the most interesting thing *ever*) is always recommending shows she thinks I’d do well at and making me laugh. Her good friend Karen who was with her today makes me laugh, too – I’m looking forward to vending alongside them this year again.
It turned out that no one at the NETA event had sock blockers or spinning wheel oil for sale so my wonderful husband agreed to take me to Halcyon Yarn in Bath where I was sure I could get both. I’d met Tina in the vendor room and she informed me that they had them in stock that morning (she’d been earlier). Paul had promised me back at Christmas that I could spend $25 on fiber or yarn that I wanted, so I made good on that promise today. I bought Icelandic combed top and Yak down. I’ve never spun either and am really interested in trying them both. I was UBER excited about the Yak do
wn and danced a little in the shop while the lady was bagging it up. It looked like it had a little veggie matter in it, but that is so not a big deal. I mean it’s YAK DOWN. I couldn’t resist playing with it in the car, though, and that’s when I found the downside to Yak fiber – Yaks apparently have dandruff. It’s not VM in the fiber – it’s SKIN CELLS. Blugh. I kind of want to throw up. I’m going to spin it, of course, but I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to make a next-to-skin garment from it. Blugh.
I will definitely be back of NETA’s SPA – I had a terrific day hanging out with my people and can’t WAIT for show season to start.