Tuesday, September 23, 2014

It's Almost Here......

The Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival is only a few days away. I'm so nervous.  I shouldn't be - I've done a whole TWO festivals, and they both turned out well.  This is a new venue for me though, and it's a long drive, and we have to drive up on Friday for setup, then we have to drive up VERY early Saturday morning to be there to put the product up, drive home Saturday night, drive back Sunday morning, then when it ends on Sunday afternoon, pack everything back up, and drive home.  I'm hoping there isn't much left on Sunday afternoon to pack up!  :-)

It makes me nervous to leave my stuff overnight. I haven't done that before.  But it's something I'm going to have to do.

The weather has been great the last few days....much cooler, Fall-like.  Guess what?  It's going to be 83 on Saturday, and 86 on Sunday.  UGH.  NOT the best weather for selling wool.  I'm just praying that the things I have to sell, are the ones people will be looking for!

I'll have many beautiful colors of Ashland Bay Merino.



I'll have lots of pretty, hand made spindles.


I will have dyed and undyed Teeswater long (6-9") locks;


This is the first time I'll have a tent that has 3 sides up.  I have done 2 festivals where the tent is open on two sides, and closed on two sides because it's butted up against 2 other tents.  From what I remember from attending the upcoming festival as a customer, I don't think the tents are butted up against each other at all.  Which is really nice.  I like the idea of being spread out.

The inside of the tent will be a new layout also.  I bought some cubes to use for some of the product, and the cubes will sit on a table against one wall. Then I will have 2 walls for the grid wall setup.  I don't like going in cold on setup, but hey, I'm good at flying by the seat of my pants!

I'm glad we're going up Friday for setup though.  That will help me be at ease about where we are, and all I have to do Saturday morning, is put product up, and that will be easy enough.

So, now all I have to do is trust that people are going to attend, and be ready to purchase!  We shall see......




Friday, September 12, 2014

September!

Wow, how the heck did it get to be September already???  This summer was extremely mild compared to most summers here in this part of VA.  It was a welcome change - then September rolled in, and it was awful!  It's been a lot like August normally is but wasn't.   Humid, hot, and rainy.  Crazy!  Today, however, is a beautiful 72 degrees (F) and breezy, and the sun comes in and out of the clouds, with lower humidity - perfect September weather!

I have the Shenandoah Valley Fiber Festival www.Shenandoahvalleyfiberfestival.com coming up on the 27th and 28th.  It's fast approaching!  I feel sort of ready.  I've been busy dyeing fiber, and working on spindles.  Here are some of the things I'll be offering.
Extra Long Teeswater Locks on the left, beginner spindle kit on the right.
A wide variety of shapes and weights, drop spindles, hand made.
Another hand made, bottom whorl drop spindle.
Yarn, Teeswater fleece and long locks, hand spun
Merino/Tencel 50/50 hand spun 3 ply yarn
Just one of the hand dyed combed top available.

I have a wide variety of stuff going, and since this is my first year, I'm very nervous for two things:
1.  Will I have enough product?
2.  Will I sell anything?

It's nerve-wracking for sure, but I'm just trying to go day-to-day, and have faith that all will be well. The weather is another issue I'm worrying about, but can't.  Every year we've gone up there, it's beautiful weather.  So I'm just going to count on the fact that it will be beautiful.

Which reminds me, I have to call the dog sitter!  Yikes.  We just can't leave the pups for the entire day without being able to go outside to potty and have some human time.  So we pay this really wonderful dog sitter to come mid-day, and take the pups out for us.  Makes us feel better.

I hope if you are in the area, and you're interested in knitting, crochet, spinning, or felting, you'll stop by the tent and give us a hello!