Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Yarn is Everywhere...

On Sunday we went to the Renaissance Fair in Sterling Forest, NY. I have been there many, many times and despite the cloudy day was looking forward to dragging the Kid and her friend around, and cheering like an idiot during the joust. The bad news? Lady Marian was not riding that day, and she is out favorite. The good news?

The horses are now sporting crocheted gear! How cool is that? I want to be the person that crochets hats for the horses - how do you think I go about looking for that kind of job?

Then I saw this - a giant yarn ball where no yarn ball had been before...

Then I found these lovely ladies, spinning away and having a lovely time. The business there was Amano and they had loads of gorgeous roving, spinning supplies, and hand spun yarn. Sadly I had spent all my money on goofy stuff for the kids so didn't buy any yarn (and I am really trying to stay far away from the roving as that is starting to pile up too). The good news is, they have a web site!

How cool is it to have authentic stuff like this at a Renaissance Fair instead of more kid-sized swords and shields and synthetic lace princess hats? And I hate to be a pest, but so many of the booths that have knitted or crocheted items at these things have shawls and such made out of cheap-ass acrylic yarns - not very period at all. Brave knights did not go forth and slay muppets that their pelts should be made into ugly fake sporrans. But I digress...

In other bad news/good news moments since last I wrote (anyone sensing a theme here?), I got offered another book deal on Friday. That was the good part - the bad part is I want a few changes in the contract before I sign it, so I have to be patient and let the legal folks and my genius agent work things out. Bad for my instant gratification tendencies, but perhaps a life lesson.

And lastly - the good news? I am almost finished the last crocheted sweater that is due. The bad news? Apparently one of the publishers for items that shipped last week didn't like one of them in real life as much as they did on paper, so they cancelled it. I am somewhat disappointed, although I sort of understand why it happened. Life lessons learned, blah blah blah, but I wish I could have learned that life lesson BEFORE I spent untold hours making the garment and sizing the pattern. As I said before, I have stopped submitting new design sketches because I am so busy right now, so maybe now is a good time for this to have happened, if it had to happen at all...not that I am bitter...much...anyway...

For the rest of this week I want good news only, no bad news. Okay? So if you have anything terrible to tell me, please wait until next Monday :-)

4 comments:

somebunnysloveDOTcom said...

Very awesome find during the faire! And good luck on the publishing bit. We all will be crossing our fingers for you.
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trek said...

Neatnik said, "Look, mommy, that black horse has purple hair and purple ears."

Anonymous said...

"The bad news? Lady Marian was not riding that day, and she is out favorite."

Awwww! You just made my day! Heck, you made my month!

metal and knit said...

I love the ear muffs for the horses I am sure if you go around the showing and jumping circuit you would et a few orders.