Time Crunch

As  I warned in an earlier post, craft shows and gardening would be cutting into my blogging time. I hate to admit, I’m not even able to keep up with reading all the wonderful blogs that I’ve marked to follow, but will try to catch up this fall.

Between the last two shows I caught sight of this rainbow in our back yard.


back yard rainbow

The rest of the pictures are some of the things I’ve been up to between shows, the latest dyeing hanging on the line.

wool yarn ready to ply

orange and leaf green now plied with the black and ready for the shows to find a new home

dyed wool top

dyed wool top, will be my demo spinning at next show

dyed yarn

thick and thin wool and nylon when dyed gives the most wonderful jewel-tones

hand dyed yarn

close-up of colors in bright sun-shine

Hope everyone is enjoying their summer!


What Could Have Been

What could have been but THANKFULLY was not!

At last weeks show we set up Friday night and slept dry through a rain storm. Sat was hot and dry with a little wind picking up when we closed.

half of one of our tents.

a part of our display.

Notice in this picture how close the large tent (which also had vendors in it) is to our 2 10×10 tents.

big tent down

wind won!


We heard the wind pick up more during the night but we were snug in our trailer. The next morning this is what we found when we went to open! Luckily no damage was done to anyone’s products, but the tent was dismantled and they were relocated to two smaller tents that had remained up.

more of big tent

glad we weren’t closer

more tent pictures

ours still up, but wind was billowing it.

One of the large tent poles missed our tent by about a foot. It was still so windy that we waited to open and my husband decided to sketch some of the re-en-actors instead of opening his tent. Once we put up all of our sides it wasn’t as bad, but his canvases wouldn’t have stayed hanging.

wigwam won over wind

sketch of hand-sewn wigwam with trader

re-en-actment scene

sketching cannon on the hill

Tweaking our Display

For our show Memorial Day weekend we had a double space with one on the end of the aisle, with woods behind us.We do change our arrangements from show to show depending on our location to traffic flow.

This set-up we were very pleased with as it gave customers plenty of room to walk in and look. Although we have two tents my husband doesn’t quite get a full one since I put my candle table in his but facing into my tent, which I share with our son. With him having the end space, he was able to hang canvases facing in and out, and as you can see from the pictures he rearranged his grid walls during the two days. (I’ve tried to pair the same views with the changes that took place)







For the other tent, the tour starts as you enter and look to the left, then continues around until you exit again by the candles.








Forgive me for not labeling the pictures, if any need clarification just leave a comment. There’s only one picture I missed taking, the wood burning hanging on the front part of the wooden yarn shelves.

Part of a Custom Order

This is a special post to show pictures of a custom order that I am working on for a special lady. The rest of my readers will have to just look and admire the colors she chose for me to combine for her knitting projects. I’ve been wet plying the yarn and using my click reel to measure and skein the finished yarn.

The first is a 3-ply linen of red, gray and black. The actual colors are about halfway between these two pictures.

linen yarn on click reel

Big skeins I wind on my click reel.

plied linen yarn

red, black and gray plied

Next is a 4-ply light gray, orange, hot pink, and light chartreuse. I like the way the two bright colors joined to contrast the two lighter colors, but it’s hard to see from the picture.

linen yarn plied

gray, hot pink, orange, and light chartreuse

And then there is a picture of the first skein of the ultra thin skein that I wound, it tangled and broke when using my swift with my ball winder, I finally wound the rest of it by hand onto a cone and haven’t started plying that combination yet. I did wind another set of four cakes tonight so will soon have another colorway plying on my wheel.

linen yarn

really fine linen yarn, ready to ply