Oy, what a two weeks I’ve had! Perhaps the hardest two weeks in my professional career, and also the most satisfying!
First, this was preceded by a few months of hard graft; one show after another, one teaching gig after another, personal trips that don’t bear mentioning (but were a bit fraught) and LOTS of yarn dyeing.
The two weeks started with the final touches of readying yarns for Interweave Yarn Fest, last minute dyeing and skein making. Work, work, and more glorious work!
Then the drive out to Colorado. I love driving, I was thrilled to drive out. It’s something I do well, and I really enjoy the feeling of the wheels on the pavement. I think it’s my own type of meditation.
But it is a bit tiring, that long, hard focus. Especially across the high plains – lots of trucks, lots of tumbleweeds, and almost an entirely uphill drive.
Once in Colorado the shift to upper altitude didn’t kick in immediately, which was great because my first day there Kathleen, the other half of ModeKnit Yarns, and I had to set up our booth in the Yarn Fest Marketplace.
The following day Kathleen womanned the booth while I taped two classes for Interweave Craft Daily.
It’s always a lot of fun to work with the IK video crew, they’re sensational guys!
A morning off, which was necessary because by now the altitude had caught up with me and I needed some reset and hydration, then full-on teaching for four very full classes, LOTS of selling in the marketplace, and general fun with other yarn folks!
We tore down the booth on Saturday night, packed up, and after teaching one last class on Sunday morning we started our drive back to MN. I drove, because I love it, and we were home in St. Paul by Monday afternoon. Huzzah!
I slept for half a day, much needed, then Tues, Wed & Thurs were dyeing days.
Yarn Fest was sensational – we sold out of several of our yarns (we returned with only FOUR balls of ModeSock Flow!) so I was trying to fill up our yarn coffers before the wonderful Minnesota Knitting Guild’s yearly event, Yarn Over!
Yarn Over has a very special place in my heart. It was at Yarn Over in 2006 that I began to hatch my plan to move my family out here to MN. It’s a move I’ve never regretted, and I feel I owe a great deal to Minnesota (including my husband’s continued health – thank you Mayo Clinic!)
The kids have thrived here, life is very good for families here, and I think all of us felt less pressure to live up to a certain perfection of appearance and lifestyle we may have felt in NJ (which we also love!)
Today was Yarn Over, and once again it didn’t disappoint!
What an amazing gathering of fiber and yarn loving folks, crossing all skill levels, ages and genders. And we sold out of several of our yarns again. We return home with all of our 221B and Dragon Dances miniskeins sold out, with just a few of our Caledonian Colors, Knitting Dead and Midwife Speaking left. And a TON of orders to fill in the next few weeks. This kind of busy I’ll take any day!
This feels amazing.
We have had good fiber shows in the past year (ModeKnit Yarn’s first fiber show was actually 2014 Yarn Over) but these last two weeks have exceeded all our expectations. SO much work, and SO much reward!
THANK YOU to all of our customers, to everyone who took the time to stop by our booth (even if you just looked or commented!) and THANK YOU to the staffs of Yarn Fest and Yarn Over. Your own hard work is GREATLY appreciated by this fledgling yarn dyeing company – we’re very grateful!