Although we don't subscribe to the newspaper anymore because we're spending so much time in Hendersonville, I always try to buy the paper on Wednesday (for grocery ads), Friday (for activities over the weekend) and Sunday (well, because it's Sunday). We're in Hendersonville now and when I got the newspaper yesterday, I noticed that there was a quilt show in Brevard this weekend, as well as a fiber fair in Fletcher. Since the two places are fairly close together and since we've been working so hard this week on house repairs, I decided that an outing was in order.
To begin with, the weather has been incredible today. The leaves are beautiful and the temperatures are just right--just a little nip in the air. We went to Brevard first. The show had no admission fee and was strictly a local event. Nothing to write home about (or even to blog about) but the people there were nice and enthusiastic and obviously enjoyed quilting.
Next we went to the fiber fair at the Ag Center. I have to say, what I had expected was to see some angora goats, rabbits, sheep and llamas--and I did indeed see them. You can see one of the prize specimans here. The animals were beautiful. And then, we saw some of the raw and dyed wool that people had brought to sell. Since I don't spin (or card or any of the other things it takes for raw wool to become yarn) I was only interested in the finished product that I could manipulate with knitting needles. And there was some very nice yarn there and I did buy a hank to make a scarf.
But THEN . . .we went inside the arena and there were VENDORS! I had absolutely no idea the enormity of what was going to be there. The variety and types of yarns, raw materials, notions, etc. were so incredible--I almost wished that I wanted to knit an entire wardrobe. I felt as if I were surrounded by a soft rainbow of heavenly colortones. I have to admit that I did buy enough yarn to make a fancy shawl and a warm sweater--so that will be my "carwork" for the forseeable future. It is really hard to describe how I felt when I first saw all of those wondrous colors and textures but I think some of the joy came from realizing that I wasn't actually looking for anything (like I do at Mary Jo's) and I could just simply enjoy the sight. And that was the greatest gift of all.
And, now I am posting my latest efforts on my Swamp Hibiscus journey. For those of you who noticed my last post on it, you might notice that part of it is missing. Well, the more I looked at those corner pieces, the more I realized that they just didn't belong there. I spent several days looking at the quilt, making samples of what "might" go there and, finally came up with something I'm happy with. I haven't sewn everything down yet, but I think it's a "go." I'm getting close to completion and then I'll have to start all over with the quilting choices. That's what makes it such an exciting journey, isn't it?