I met Mim at the mailboxes yesterday morning at 9:30 to go in town to our spinners guild meeting. We were together until we got home at 3:00. Today in setting up our booth for the craft fair, who should the organizers set up right across the corridor from us, but Mim!
I was pretty rummy this morning, because I got to bed at midnight. We met friends Amy and Allison for dinner last night and then went to the university's student presentation of the Pirates of Penzance. Delightful! I called DD Chris as we drove to our dinner date, needing specifics on our babysitting duties this weekend. She texted me that she was in a noisy restaurant but would call when she got out. We walked into the restaurant and who walked out but DD Chris. We're both still laughing.
Jeanette owns the Sierra Nevada Alpacas ranch out here in Red Rock Valley. She and Mim shared a booth. Jeanette has had a problem making money since the downturn in the alpaca market and has come up with these felted alpaca saddle blankets. The body is pure alpaca felt but she sews a leather strip along the bottom to reduce wear on the blanket. The blanket on top is English and the full-length one on the bottom is Western. She didn't sell these but got orders. Profit!
I'm sharing a space with two friends and this is my section. I sold my natural colored hats and wished I had more. The colored hats apparently are passe. A spontaneous craft fair was organized for our valley three weeks from now and I came home resolved to knit a couple more natural colored hats for it. I'm learning that trendy craft attractions can quickly become old hat. Is that a pun?
A two-year old boy named Alex was obsessed with my wheel. His mother got worried because she couldn't keep him from coming back. She didn't know me and also was worried that he was bothersome. We're babysitting Alexia tonight, or I would say this was the highlight of my day. It probably was no more than ten minutes, but it's certainly a time I will never forget.
I have demonstrated spinning at events for the last dozen years and have seen plenty of interested children, but I have never seen the focus of Alex. He chattered amiably with me, nothing intelligible, but we got along famously nevertheless. Alex kept coming back to me for over an hour - what a charmer. After they left, I heard someone say they were surprised Mom got him out of the building. Don't you wish you could know where his focus will go in the years to come????
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