Close at hand is Bowling Green, Ohio, the home of Bowling Green State University and one of the best independent coffee shops I've ever seen, no matter where in the world -- it's called Ground for Thought, and it's in the historic downtown area. If you are anywhere near Bowling Greene (which will happen if you travel north and south through Ohio on I-75), pull into town, go all the way through the fast-food strip to the real downtown, and turn left on Main Street. I also had a fabulous lunch at Panera's, which people continually underestimate. They make amazing black-bean soup, and I had an equally amazing Thai Chicken salad, with fresh, fresh greens and soy beans in it.
This annual event, sponsored by guilds, is a small but fruitful event -- one building on the Wood County Fairgrounds. It doesn't look like much of anything. But, as I told Carol Larsen of River's Edge Fiber, which is at Grand Ledge, Michigan, it's also one of the best in quality terms. I always find great things to buy for Artisan Knitworks. Here are two of the finds -- one a pile of drop-dead-gorgeous tweed alpaca blend (natural alpaca with coloring spun in from an amount of fine-quality Merino wool) and a small pile of alpaca with a copper binder (all from a farm in Ohio), and then some of Carol's stunning new gradient yarns -- LOOOOOOOOONG color runs of the kind usually associated with Freia Yarns or the equally beautiful versions done up at Twisted Fibers in Mason, Michigan. Like the others, Carol has used the best quality Merino. I think Carol's productions are really gorgeous, and, if you know the other companies' products, the prices are lower than you'd expect. Come have a look if you're near the shop. One of the cakes (actually two cakes packed as one to make socks) sold within an hour of my arrival. If they go like hotcakes, I'll get in touch with Carol and have her ship some more. svb