Thursday, September 30, 2010

Fall JOY

Finger Lakes Fiber Festival 
Just back from Hemlock, NY. Diane and I always enjoy these small fiber festivals. The pace is relaxed and we see many old friends. I spent high school and some of my college years in the Finger Lakes region and fall is my favorite season. Nothing like a New York apple!

It’s rained a bit every year we’ve done this show, and this year was no exception. Mother Nature flexed her muscles and rained for set-up and through the night.  But the sun shone bright during the show on Saturday and Sunday.  
Studio spruce-up
My husband says our whole house is my studio (I admit, things do migrate from room to room) and Diane’s describes his “castle” as a factory.   I’ll never get the Good Housekeeping seal of approval (ah well….) but even I have my limits.  This weekend I tackled the room where we dye and I reskein yarn.  

I’ve covered the entire floor in the rubber mats we use in the booth. It helps when you’re standing on hard concrete all day, is easy to clean and a single tile can be replaced when it gets too grubby. My husband even commented on how good it felt underfoot. His enthusiasm waned, however, as the afternoon wore on and we were still moving furniture.  (Used a few marital points there.) Whenever I clean one room it seems to have a ripple effect in the others; so for now, I have a picture-perfect work area… 
…Until I sit down and do some work, anyway.