The Great Midwest Road Trip was a fabulous success. Mallory and I had a wonderful time at Stitches Midwest with our good friends Susan and Molly and Mallory's hard working grandmother Dorothy, who was always the first in the booth in the morning and the last to sign off in the evening. She was working on some beautiful moebius cowls in our yarns (sorry, should have taken a picture) to get ready for a class she teaches to her Guild.
Team Dragonfly minus Dorothy
Molly spent the weekend spinning some Dragonfly Polwarth with the goal of making long color repeats. Luckily, she posted a photo of her pretty yarn. She also spent some time reminding Mallory how to purl and showing her the twisted rib stitch so she could start a Rondo hat of her own. In her colorway, of course.
Looks like Trouble
Wearing Rondo and knitting Rondo
After the show, we travelled out to Illinois farm country to stay with Susan and her lovely family. Susan took us to Ottawa where we visited the Blue Beaker, which carries our yarn in addition to a ton of fabulously crafty things. I want on a rather large shopping spree. The funky fair trade clothing items are reason enough to shop there, but don't miss Jenn's fabulous handmade soaps and balms. So yummy! The shop is in a wonderful old downtown space complete with exposed brick, a loft space and a gorgeous tin ceiling.
Susan also took us to see the horses at a friend's farm, where I promptly locked the keys in the car. Luckily, the barn cats and horses kept us well entertained while a new set of keys were obtained by Susan's family.
Starved Rock State Park was huge, and very cool. We had lunch overlooking Starved Rock (killer pot roast) and hiked the trails. Of we got lost! The canyons were dry due to the lack of rain, but no less spectacular.
Susan drove us all over the area and I loved seeing the grain farms and learning the various ways the crops are harvested and stored. The Illinois river was lovely and it was cool to see it being used to transport grain on barges much the way people have always done it.
Midweek, Mal and I headed around the lower part of Lake Michigan and up to the the Grand Rapids area for the Michigan Fiber fest. We stayed in an adorable little town called Holland (very dutch) and commuted 30 miles to Allegan for the show.
It's great to have tall friends!
We got to play with our friend Ann Weaver, who came to help me set up (thank you one million times, Ann!) and left her beautiful Chittagong Shawl on display in our booth. Elizabeth also came in to work the booth and brought her newly completed Chittagong; between the two of them, we converted alot of new squishy lovers!
Michigan was just the low-key kind of farm show that Mallory and love. In fact, this show will remain a great memory for us. We met lots of new people and enjoyed being out in the country; most of all, Mallory met Charley and fell in love.
What's next? We have a month before going back out on the road for Shenandoah Fiber festival. We're wait listed for the Fall Fiber festival in Montpelier the following weekend and, as it doesn't conflict with SAFF this year, we've just added Stitches East! We'll be right next to Cooperative Press so we can help Shannon while she is teaching classes, and she can spell us when we need it.
We're updating the shop this afternoon at 4 pm for the first time in a month. It's a big one! We will have kits for making Rachel Coopey's Banach Mittens from Twist Collective. If you haven't seen these, they re a wonderful combination of fair isle work and twisted stitches. So cute! They are killing me! The kits will not include the pattern, but will include a full skein of Silver Fox and one ounce skeins of Hot Pants, Pumpkin Head, Narcissus, and Dragonberry, all in Djinni.
One last note, speaking of Djinni yarn. We are all out. Until the first half of September sometime. I created a listing for the Malice in Wonderland KAL for Pixie in the meantime, but hopefully, we'll be back up and dyeing our most popular yarn soon.