Then on to the Bowling Green fair, where I appeared at 9:30 AM (a world's record for a woman who typically is barely awake by 10AM). Each year, the Black Swamp Spinning Guild (named after the early American land company of the same name? I wonder if they know that?) sponsors a high-quality, ever-expanding festival at the Wood County Fairgrounds, which is at the outer edge of Bowling Green. This year, I was gratified to see a LOT of very high quality people in attendance, not least of which was our friend Carol from River's Edge in Grand Ledge, Michigan -- maker of unusual and beautiful rovings, handpainted and novelty yarns, and some other gorgeous things. With any luck at all, we'll soon have a large supply of her rovings for Artisan Knitworks' small but growing spinning program. Here is the inauspicious entrance at the fairgrounds:
....and here are a couple of shots of the interior of this surprisingly spacious building (the Junior Fair Building, whatever that means -- for young fairs???).
And here is the talented, aforementioned Carol of River's Edge -- a happy woman, I'd say!
One of Michigan's most interesting (and less well known) hand painters is Maureen, one of our customers at Artisan Knitworks who used to own her own yarn company and now spends most of her time hand-dyeing and hand-crafting a number of other items for the festivals. She, too, is a happy woman these days running her company, Twisted Stitches, and talking to people like me (look at the dark plum semi-solid wool-Tencel in the very bottom rack -- before I got there, she had maybe 8 of them -- now she has two):
And I met Amy. What can be said about Amy? She is a very naughty, very funny, amazingly gifted maker of small and large project and notion bags -- so of course she calls the company Bad Amy! I bought one gorgeous little square bag made of fabric with brassieres all over it -- a smaller one with black and white sheep (and a chartreuse sipper!), AND a drawsting-top project bag (suitable for sock knitters) with a genuinely astonishing mix of fabrics. Really cool stuff. I decided to buy three and see how people responded-- we have had some trouble with bag sales in the past. Well. I got back, put them out, and sold one within about 25 minutes. I guess people like them. I will be in touch with the delightful Bad Amy SOON to get a larger supply of her zany, colorful bags. If you have a yarn operation of any kind and want something FUN, you should do the same thing. It is also true, and equally important to know, that she is a very, very, very good technician at the sewing machine.
Now I need to grade some papers -- which I hope is a less depressing exercise than two weeks ago, when I graded a stack of very sad mid-term lower-division exams -- and buy some groceries, so that I can say we have more than milk, Egg Beaters, and ketchup in the refrigerator. More soon.