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.
New colors of the Bluefaced Leicester - DK weight spun from the luminous fleeces of Two Sisters Farm are now available over on the sale page. (I may have gotten a bit carried away....). All profits from the sale of the pink colorways will be donated to the ACLU.
And speaking of getting carried away, a bit of crankyness over having to spend an exorbitant amount of money for a tiny little bottle of bay leaves from the grocery store, rather than the sensible price when buying in bulk from our old co-op in Midcoast Maine, ultimately led to the creation of lovely little sachets full of things that the internet assures me moths dislike. (Because it turns out that a pound of bay leaves isn't actually that expensive, but what home cook needs a pound of bay leaves? And then the next thing I knew Sam had a design in mind for the stamp, and once one has a stamp in mind, one must make the thing).
Since returning home from the boat my life (and apartment) have been taken over by preparations for the Slater Mill Knitting Weekend in Pawtucket RI (and yes, I did get the vending dates wrong in that last post - vending is Jan 21 and Jan 22). I feel a bit like I just accepted an invitation to a fancy dinner only to realize that I have nothing to wear.... Luckily the beautiful DK weight BFL spun from the 2016 Two Sisters Farm fleeces came back from the mill, and I have been (gleefully) hard at work. So, if you are in the neighborhood next weekend, please stop by.
For people still on my coopworth gansey yarn wait list, fear not, I do still have 2016 yarn available and but for a small sample it will not be going to Slater Mill. Efforts to fill orders for those on the wait list have been preempted by the mad work to have yarn to sell in person, by the following week will be back to normal. I'll be sending emails to folks in the order they expressed interest. And with time already running out on this rotation home (seriously, how does it go so fast when I'm home?) I will probably still be filling wait list orders when I get home again in March. I thank you all for your patience and understanding of my (frankly ridiculous) day job.
And in totally unrelated news, I have been hesitant to mix politics with business because to my New England raised sensibilities doing so is just impolite, but strange times and all are forcing a bit of a rethink on that one. Today I worked up the courage and called the offices of a senator and a member of the House of Representatives. It's baby steps in terms of political involvement, but it wasn't nearly as scary in reality as I had made it seem in my head. I encourage everyone to give it a try. It may be yelling into the wind, but maybe if enough of us yell....