I’m spending this week getting ready for my first ever trunk show! As part of the Greater Boston Yarn Crawl, New England Farm to Fiber invited me and my yarns to come hang out at their stall, Sunday October 14, from 1:00 to 4:00-ish at the Boston Public Market. I am really excited (and flattered!). If you are in the area, drop in and say hi. In addition to great yarn, the Boston Public Market is home to great coffee, baked goods, a vendor of local cheese, and all manner of other New England products.
Against my best plans, I may have let the blogging/social media slip a bit in June and July.
Before the excuses, a quick and very exciting note: I will be vending at the Squam Art Fair on September 15, from 7:30 to 10:00. I am so excited to be included in such an amazing group of vendors! (And I really hope that I’ll be able to pull together a few new kits I’ve been planning in time, which brings me back to the excuses).
Back to the excuses:
Unexpected pregnancy induced exhaustion limited my work time this summer and what energy I had often went to baby centric things - baby shower, painting baby things, and the part time job that is meeting all the doctors appointments scheduled as part of a “geriatric pregnancy” (and aside from being “elderly”, both I and the as-yet-unborn-baby are thankfully in perfect health - I cannot imagine how much more medically intense things must become if there are issues).
Pregnancy induced exhaustion recently morphed into pregnancy induced insomnia, which has at least given me the time to sew crib sheets for the fancy oval crib inherited from my sister-in-law. When passing along the crib she mentioned the difficulty of getting a new sheet in the correct orientation on the oval mattress during the inevitable three AM accident clean-ups, to which I sensibly thought “oh-ho, I shall just embroider a french knot or something so that I can line the sheet up along the long ends by feel”. And then somehow I decided a french knot was boring, and given that I wasn’t sleeping and it was too hot to knit…
So now I have four home sewn sheets with hand-embroidered whales.
A few days ago we discovered that my sister-in-law had also given us several crib sheets, which somehow got mixed in with a box of baby clothes. So the home sewn sheet part was probably completely unnecessary. Still, it was a fun project.
Not being able to carry the buckets and pots of water necessary for dyeing has led me to catching up on other projects, most too boring and administrative to bother describing, but amongst the other chores I finally downloaded the photos that have been accruing on my working SSD card, and came across this gem of an outtake from a mid-February photo session. Note my hand settled gently and proudly atop my (invisible) belly. I am fairly sure the impetus for this photo session, aside from the desire to document the progress of my heavily modified Solbien cardigan turned dress, was the discovery that my vague feelings of becoming a little thick around the middle had solidified into an actual baby bump (which again, I cannot see in this photo, though I remember running downstairs to show Sam the moment I noticed it, who was equally excited).
Yup, at 40 weeks, 6 days pregnant I have settled into the game familiar to every person who has ever been pregnant - “remember when I thought that was a belly?”
To be fair, this Alabama Chanin A-Line dress is somehow magically also minimizing my belly, or maybe I just feel like I should be a foot or two wider.
Back to a semi-business related note: Any moment now (really, any moment now kiddo, but hopefully soon - I get that you are comfy in there, but you’ve had your full run and it’s time to come out and start exploring the world) we will be heading off to the Birth Center for a hopefully short stay. There may be some delay in shipping orders and responding to emails as we all adjust to our new life. Thank you for understanding.
The First Annual Boston Farm & Fiber Event was a raging success!!! A million thank you's to all the folks who braved a cold rainy Sunday to come out and geek out over yarns and fiber goodies. I had no idea what to expect, but the crowd size was beyond my wildest hopes! I got to meet so many creative, passionate knitters on Sunday!
I made the rookie mistake of not bringing a booth helper, which both meant that conversations were sometimes cut short (which I regret and apologize for) and also that I was unable to explore all the other amazing booths and goings on. I heard great things about the knitting lounge (which I very much wanted to hang out in) and about the other vendors there. A big thank you to everyone who put up with me asking about the other goodies in their knitting bags, so I could at least live vicariously. And a huge thank you as well to all the folks, including my vending neighbors, my sister-in-law, a representative of the Boston Public Market, and at one point a Woolscout Knitting Retreat participant, who realized that I was solo and very kindly offered to watch my booth for me for water/food/restroom breaks. It's a little thing, but it underscores for me how caring and supportive knitters/crafters are as a group.
On Monday I woke up feeling like I had spent Sunday taking part in some sort of obscure endurance event, exhausted, but still on a bit of runners high. It will take me a little while to survey the remains of my inventory, update my website, and catch up on my dyeing (see previous post about the state of my future dyespace) so I thank you all for your patience. And as always, if you have any questions, or would like to make sure that a specific color/yarn kit returns, feel free to email me at email@example.com
Many big changes afoot here at Upton Yarns HQ, but first:
This Sunday I will be vending at the first (annual, I have been assured) Boston Farm & Fiber Festival held at the Boston Public Market (!!!!!!! I am very excited about this). The show is being hosted by the good folks of New England Farm to Fiber, on Sunday, February 11, from 10am to 5 pm.
For those of you who may not be familiar with it, the Boston Public Market hosts a collection of local artisan producers of everything from pasta to honey, and of course New England sourced yarns. It has long been a favorite stop of mine on our "civilized" weekend strolls through Boston. I'm already plotting my (non yarn related) buy list.
But back to the fiber event: the vendor list, available here, is full of people I can't wait to meet in person. (The fiber related buy list may very quickly overwhelm the non-fiber related buy list...)
In other news, late this fall we officially became first time home buyers, and as of last week we have moved in (sort of, everything is still in boxes and we have not yet sorted out a reasonable internet connection, but all of our stuff is here, and things are mostly set up enough that it doesn't quite feel like we're camping anymore, which I'll take). One of the many things that I love about our new house is the workspace off the kitchen that will soon become the new Upton Yarns HQ.
(Yes, that is an industrial sewing machine under the dust cover in the corner).
But then the movers came and very efficiently moved everything from the old Upton Yarns HQ to the new space.
Dyeing may be a bit delayed while I make sense of all of this chaos......