Rowdy is graciously allowing Ginger to be this week's cover-girl. Notice how nicely she blends in with the fallen leaves.
In September in western Ohio there is a fiber festival called A Wool Gathering. I have attended it in the past just for fun and to shop. It is held at Young's Dairy, a dairy farm which makes yummy ice cream. It is a nice festival, growing in popularity every year. My friend Tari and I have decided to go together and have a booth at this festival next year and have sent in our entry form. Their vendor spaces sell out every year, usually by December, they told me, so I wanted to get it in early. Tari lives in Monroe County also. She and her husband, Dave, have a small farm where they raise sheep and dairy goats and have chickens and put in a huge garden every year. Tari has border collies and she trains them to herd her sheep. She helped me learn to spin when I first met her 10 years ago. Tari and I actually grew up in the same county in western Ohio at about the same time and we both moved here in the late 1990's from Indiana. So our lives have kind of paralleled each other but we never met until 2000. We enjoy getting together to spin and talk about dogs and fiber and knitting. We decided since we were doing a booth together that we needed a name that reflected our Appalachian foothills location. We came up with Ridge and Hollow Fiber Folk. So, we have almost an entire year to spin and dye and weave and shear and knit to get ready for this festival. It will be MUCH larger than the one I went to in WV last month!
And here are the purple mittens I wrote about last week. They will be for sale at the Member Market at the same show.